USMC 238th Birthday Observance

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Post by papaguido » November 2, 2013, 3:28 pm

I’ve been asked by a veteran Marine (not a forum member) if there would be any type of observance to commemorate the 238th birthday of our Corps. The last gathering to celebrate this auspicious day was 6yrs ago at Nong’s Ribs and since then no other has taken place (that I’m aware of).

In keeping with tradition I would like to extend an invitation to all veteran/retired Marines to honor our birthday in celebration. As of yet nothing has been planned and I’m seeking a show of interest and some feedback. I realize it’s only a week out, but it doesn’t have to be anything formal, possibly an afternoon thing at a local venue. If interested please reply to this post.

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Post by papaguido » November 2, 2013, 3:31 pm

Marine Corps Birthday: (excerpt from Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines, copyright 2001 Marion F. Sturkey)
All U.S. Marines are gung-ho. But, few can match the vision and total commitment of the famous 13th Commandant, Gen. John A. Lejeune. In 1921 he issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921.

Gen. Lejeune's order summarized the history, mission, and tradition of the Corps. It further directed that the order be read to all Marines on 10 November of each year to honor the founding of the Marine Corps. Thereafter, 10 November became a unique day for U.S. Marines throughout the world.

Soon, some Marine commands began to not only honor the birthday, but celebrate it. In 1923 the Marine Barracks at Ft. Mifflin, Pennsylvania, staged a formal dance. The Marines at the Washington Navy Yard arranged a mock battle on the parade ground. At Quantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Marine baseball team played a Cuban team and won, 9 to 8.

The first "formal" Birthday Ball took place on Philadelphia in 1925. First class Marine Corps style, all the way! Guests included the Commandant, the Secretary of War (in 1925 the term "politically correct" didn't exist; it was Secretary of War, not Secretary of Defense), and a host of statesmen and elected officials. Prior to the Ball, Gen. Lejeune unveiled a memorial plaque at Tun Tavern. Then the entourage headed for the Benjamin Franklin Hotel and an evening of festivities and frolicking.

Over the years the annual Birthday Ball grew and grew, taking on a life of its own. In 1952 the Commandant, Gen. Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr., formalized the cake-cutting ceremony and other traditional observances. For example, Marine Corps policy now mandates that the first piece of cake must be presented to the oldest U.S. Marine present. The second piece goes to the youngest Marine. Among the many such mandates is a solemn reading of the Commandant's birthday message to the Corps.

Like the U.S. Marine Corps itself, the annual Birthday Ball has evolved from simple origins to the polished and professional functions of today. Nonetheless, one thing remains constant, the tenth day of November! This unique holiday for warriors is a day of camaraderie, a day to honor Corps and Country. Throughout the world on 10 November, U.S. Marines celebrate the birth of their Corps -- the most loyal, most feared, most revered, and most professional fighting force the world has ever known.

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Post by semperfiguy » November 2, 2013, 3:37 pm

Count me in Papa. You've got my number!
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Post by KB_Texas » November 2, 2013, 3:45 pm

I'm in. The 10th is a Sunday this year, so an afternoon event would be perfect. :) Depending on how many want to show up, I would suggest Bubba's or TJ's, but am open to about anywhere really.

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Post by papaguido » November 2, 2013, 4:17 pm

KB_Texas wrote:I'm in. The 10th is a Sunday this year, so an afternoon event would be perfect. :) Depending on how many want to show up, I would suggest Bubba's or TJ's, but am open to about anywhere really.

KB
I concur sir.

My thinking is 14:00, so it doesn't take away from the regular lunch crowd of which ever venue supports us.

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Post by papaguido » November 2, 2013, 8:43 pm

*Update*

Mission is a go for Sunday, Nov 10, 14:00 @ Bubba's. GF's/wives are welcomed...UP2U. Keeping it simple and informal. Appetizers are on me and have already placed an order, chow & hootch are on you. Please advise (by PM) for any special request.

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Post by KB_Texas » November 2, 2013, 10:29 pm

Sounds like a plan papa...see you there, and hope the other Marines in UT can make it also!

Bubba, if you are reading this thread, tell the other Marine from last year about it too. I'll bring some pickled eggs...who knows, maybe it will become a tradition. ;)

KB

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Post by BigBubba » November 2, 2013, 10:38 pm

KB_Texas wrote:Sounds like a plan papa...see you there, and hope the other Marines in UT can make it also!

Bubba, if you are reading this thread, tell the other Marine from last year about it too. I'll bring some pickled eggs...who knows, maybe it will become a tradition. ;)

KB
Thanks KB, I have already sent the MIA Marine a personal email inviting him to join us!
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Post by KB_Texas » November 4, 2013, 10:06 am

Bumping this up so it will not fall off the front page. If you plan to attend, please pm papa and let him know and include if your TW/SO will also attend. :)

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Post by trubrit » November 4, 2013, 10:28 am

Not wishing to dampen the day for you guy's but can I remind you that Sunday 10th is Armistice Sunday for us UK citizens. The day we honour the dead from both World Wars and later conflicts , for their sacrifice so that we might be free .Can I ask that during your celebrations you take , just a minute to reflect on that . Thank You .
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Post by papaguido » November 4, 2013, 11:21 am

"Dampen the day"...not at all Val.

I believe it's akin to our Veterans day (Nov 12th). We'll honor both ;)

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Post by trubrit » November 4, 2013, 11:58 am

papaguido wrote:"Dampen the day"...not at all Val.

I believe it's akin to our Veterans day (Nov 12th). We'll honor both ;)
Thanks Rito . A poem for the vets from both sides of the Atlantic and of course our Commonwealth cousins .
A Veteran's Day Tribute

If someone has done military service,
They earn the title "veteran," and more;
They earn our deep respect and admiration;
That they are special no one can ignore.

They sacrificed the comforts we enjoy;
The list is long of all the things they gave.
Our veterans are extraordinary people;
They’re loyal, dedicated, true and brave.

When terror and invasion were real threats,
They showed us they could handle any storm.
We owe our freedoms and our very lives
To our veterans, who served in uniform.

Our veterans should be celebrities;
They’re exceptional; no other group compares.
We’re grateful for the many things they’ve done;
They’re always in our hearts and in our prayers.

We owe our veterans support and friendship;
Let no one ever question what they’re worth.
These men and women served us and our country,
Our veterans--the very best on earth.

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Post by WhoUrDaddy » November 4, 2013, 12:40 pm

Not wanting to go too far off topic, but I thought "Battle of Britain Day" the 15th of September, was a big one for y'all, honoring "the Few".

Sadly, we all have too many days to honor so few that kept us free from tyrany. All deserving honoring and remembrance.

Enjoy the day, and THANK YOU. :guiness:

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Post by KB_Texas » November 4, 2013, 1:07 pm

Any citizen who feels it is important that they do their duty, from whatever country, deserves respect and gratitude. It is often not an easy decision to make, and that decision WILL change their lives.

For those of you who enjoy poetry, here is a link to one I like:

http://www.usmc81.com/2012/01/old-jarhead-poems/

I will not post it here because it is copyrighted material and I do not have permission to use it.

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Post by wokkawombat » November 4, 2013, 1:15 pm

Have a good one you blokes.

Rito, I am in Australia until early in the new year so my dulcet tones will not be available for this auspicious occasion.

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Post by papaguido » November 4, 2013, 4:57 pm

wokkawombat wrote:Have a good one you blokes.

Rito, I am in Australia until early in the new year so my dulcet tones will not be available for this auspicious occasion.

John
No worries, we'll hoist a few upon your return :guiness: :guiness: :guiness: :guiness:

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Post by papaguido » November 4, 2013, 5:09 pm

papaguido wrote:"Dampen the day"...not at all Val.

I believe it's akin to our Veterans day (Nov 12th). We'll honor both ;)
My bad :oops:...I meant the 11th #-o

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Post by KB_Texas » November 6, 2013, 3:45 pm

Muster is this Sunday, November 10th @ 14:00 hours @ Bubba's... all Marines welcome! Uniform of the Day is civvie casual. ;)

KB

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Post by KB_Texas » November 8, 2013, 5:43 pm

One more bump...just in case some laggards have not seen it*. ;)

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* And they did shorten the number of topics on the front page.

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Post by sgt » November 10, 2013, 10:01 am

Happy Birthday Marines

When you lift a few today, the first is and always will be for those not with us.

SEMPER FI !

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