Just ahead of the 101st observance of Veterans Day, the U.S. Marine Corps is celebrating its 245th birthday.
The Corps released an eight-minute film featuring Commandant Gen. David H. Berger’s birthday message interwoven with the war stories of Marine veterans spanning the decades. Those Marines included World War II veteran Hershel “Woody” Williams, Vietnam War veteran Jim Capers Jr., 107-year-old World War II veteran Dorothy Cole, and Afghanistan War veteran Juan Rodriguez-Chavez.
“Long before we wear the uniform, long before the eagle, global, and anchor is etched on our soul, we sense the special appeal that sets Marines apart. Our ethos, values, and character speak to our nation’s heart,” Berger said.
“Our nation finds in its Marine Corps men and women committed to preserving trust that’s been built over the last 245 years,” Berger said. “Marines, once transformed, are forever changed, instilled with beliefs, ideals, and virtues that have deeper meanings than words.”
Berger called on Marines to be faithful to one another and the nation.
Another video released by the Corps shows a formal ceremony taken place to commemorate the branch’s birthday.
A wreath-laying ceremony also took place to commemorate the Corps’ birthday.
Remembering 245 Years
This morning, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps General Gary L. Thomas and @USMCSgtMaj laid a wreath in front of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial in honor of the Marine Corps’ 245th birthday. #HappyBirthdayMarines pic.twitter.com/35gMcH931b
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) November 10, 2020
Marine Corps Recruiting also released a one-minute video showcasing Marines in a variety of roles and speaking to the legacy the branch has created.
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. The resolution was adopted on Nov. 10, 1775 — eight months before the Declaration of Independence was signed. thus sparking annual celebrations on the date of its formation.