Yesterday was the 234th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. There’s a nice short read from Marines.com on the founding of the Marine Corps.
1775: Founding of the Marine Corps
A LEGACY IS BORN
During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps.
A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore.
The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775, officially forming the Continental Marines.
As the first order of business, Samuel Nicholas became Commandant of the newly formed Marines. Tun Tavern’s owner and popular patriot, Robert Mullan, became his first captain and recruiter. They began gathering support and were ready for action by early 1776.
Each year, the Marine Corps marks November 10th with a celebration of the brave spirit which compelled these men and thousands since to defend our country as United States Marines.
In 1921, General Lejeune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps issued an order summarizing the history, mission and tradition of the Marine Corps and further directed that the order be read to all Marines on 10 NOV to honor the founding of our US Marine Corps. As the tradition grew, we began to celebrate our birthday and in 1925, held the first Marine Corps Birthday Ball, which I’ll attend this Saturday, (well, not the first one…that was in 1925!) at the Romulus, MI Crowne Plaza Hotel with 1st Battalion 24 Marines.