Just ahead of the 100th observance of Veterans Day, the U.S. Marine Corps is celebrating its 244th birthday.
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David H. Berger and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, released an eight-minute birthday message capturing the legacy of the Marine Corps.
The branch also released another video on Twitter, adding, “Today, we celebrate our heritage and honor the sacrifices of those who fought before us.”
Today, we celebrate our heritage and honor the sacrifices of those who fought before us. pic.twitter.com/1obXlWTZqL
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) November 10, 2019
President Trump also released a message in a White House statement:
As Commander in Chief, I send my best wishes to the United States Marine Corps on its 244th birthday.
Since 1775, Marines have been known for always being faithful in their duty to defend our country and Constitution and for striking fear in the hearts of America’s adversaries. From their inception at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Marines have fought in “every clime and place” without ever losing their nerve.
As we solemnly look ahead to the 75th Anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima this coming February, we are reminded that even in the face of hostile enemy fire, Marines never falter and never fail. The courage shown over the course of that battle—memorably captured in the iconic photo of our flag being raised on Mount Suribachi—is forever enshrined in the heart of our Nation.
In recounting the 244 historic years of the United States Marine Corps, we remember the courage and conviction of the Marines who laid down their lives in defense of freedom. Their relentless toughness, outstanding leadership, and unwavering allegiance are invaluable assets to our Nation, protecting our freedom and our way of life.
Melania and I pray that God watch over all of the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families, and may He continue to bless the United States of America.
For two and a half centuries, the Marine Corps has played a vital role in protecting America both in the homeland and abroad, where it fought in every major war.
The branch’s creation stems from a resolution by John Adams to establish “two Battalions of Marines” in preparation for the American Revolution, Newsweek reported. The resolution was adopted Nov. 10, 1775, thus sparking annual celebrations on the date of its formation.