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Marine Corps Celebrates 236th Birthday

by ARLnow.com November 10, 2011 at 10:03 am 4,414 8 Comments

Marines in Arlington and around the world are celebrating the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.

On Nov. 10, 1775, a committee of the Continental Congress met at a Philadelphia tavern and passed a resolution establishing the Continental Marines. Exactly 236 years later, the Corps is as strong and spirited as ever.

The video (above) is the annual Commandant’s Birthday Message to the Corps.

Local Marines will be celebrating the birthday tonight at a Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Crystal City.

  • And in other, unrelated local Marine Corps news, the new Marine Corps Exchange will be holding its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Henderson Hall next week, on Thursday, Nov. 17.

  • DarkHeart

    I thought the annual ball was on the nearest Fri/Sat to the anniversary?

  • with the holiday

    It’s rare that the 11th (Veterans Day) falls on a Friday and that’s why it is often observed on a following Monday to allow for a long weekend, but since this year it’s on a Friday and the gov. is observing it as such to still allow the long weekend, they can have their birthday celebration on their birthday! I’m sure it’ll be a good time!

    • TCE

      Actually… going back to 2000… It’s been on a Monday only three times but only twice because the 11th was a Sunday. Three times it’s been on Fridays (twice because Sat was the 11th) the remaining five times have been other days of the week… check OPM’s list of official holidays. So only four times out of 11 did it not happen on the 11th (only because it was a weekend)

  • with the holiday

    Fair enough… I guess my only point was to DH’s comment about when they typically have their events assuming that that’s why they have no obligation to do it “on a weekend” (F or S) because they can do it tonight and they’re off tomorrow. 🙂

  • Boyd Richardson

    As a retired Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist, (Retired ’71)
    I wish all Marines, especially those in harms way a very Happy
    Birthday. May each of you have fair winds and following seas.

    Sempre Fi


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