The Marine Corps Birthday is a holiday filled with courage and bold deeds, celebrated each year on November 10th. It was founded in 1921 by the US government to express its gratitude to all who serve in the Marine Corps. These brave soldiers protect the freedom, independence, and inviolability of the United States from the moment it was founded.
The Marine Corps Birthday covers the entire Marine Corps, with 186 thousand military personnel and 38,5 thousand reservists. It commemorates the formation of the Marine Corps on November 10, 1775. The military was tasked with intercepting an important shipment of ammunition from Britain and was initially called the Continental Marines. They were charged with providing security for the newly formed Continental Fleet.
The first commander of the Marine Corps, Samuel Nicholas, planned to call on only 2100 military personnel, but the number of active troops of the Continental Army increased to 80 thousand. At the same time, a resolution was passed to form a reserve force of the Marine Corps.
- One of the tasks the military marines were meant to take part in was the annexation of Scotland, although this never happened.
- After participating in various conflicts, the Continental Marines were disbanded and the department temporarily ceased to exist until 1794.
- In 1794, Congress passed a law to revive the Marine Corps, as well as the Navy, to demonstrate America’s presence and protect against pirates.
- The US Navy was separated into a separate military unit in 1798, with the Marine Corps appearing on July 11 that same year.
How to take part
To mark the celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday, you can visit the Marine Corps War Memorial, a statue located between the cities of Arlington, Virginia and Washington, DC. The memorial depicts the Marines raising the American flag on a mountaintop during the Battle of Iwo Jima. You can also write a thank you post on social media to the Marines, expressing your respect for their hard work.
When is Marine Corps Birthday celebrated in 2023?
Marine Corps Birthday is observed on November 10 each year.