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239th U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

December 27, 2014

My apologies for being so late sending this around.

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Marine motto

What does the celebration mean to Marines across the globe?  To General John Lejeune it meant a great deal.  On 1 November 1921, he issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921, which provided a summary of the history, mission and traditions of the Corps and directed that the order be read to every command each subsequent year on 10 November.

To see 29 facts you may not know about Marines – check out the USO blog HERE!!!


At the Marine Corps Ball, one key piece of the ceremony is to present the first piece of cake to the oldest Marine in the room, who in turn gives the next to the junior Marine.  This symbolic gesture is the passing of experience and knowledge from the veteran to the recruit.  We should all emulate their example and take part in history.



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  1. Thank you very much for helping to keep esprit de corps in view.

    • When I was in 5th grade my teacher was a Marine. He was a great teacher so I guess I’ve always had a fondness for Marines since then. Anyway, I learned to play “The Marine’s Hymn” on my little xylophone – 1, 3, 5. 5, 5, 8, 5; 3, 4, 5, 5… Don’t have a clue what the notes are, but I probably could still play it by numbers. I practiced hard to impress him. Funny what you can remember 55 years later!

      • I think that is remarkable!! Some of our teachers knew how to make a connection with us and it is no surprise he was a Marine. Remembering the numbers – now – that’s all you!!

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