Thursday marked the United States Marine Corps’ 247th birthday, just one day before the 103rd observation of Veterans Day.
In honor of the occasion, the Marine Corps released a 10-minute video entitled, “247th Marine Corps Birthday Message,” which features Marines fighting in a variety of environments.
“The Marine just plain considers himself a better soldier than anybody else. Marines have never given anyone any reason to think differently,” a voiceover in the video states.
“On November 10, 2022, U.S. Marines around the globe will celebrate 247 years of success on the battlefield and a legacy defined by honor, courage and commitment. This year, the Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David H. Berger and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black reiterate to the force that Marines are warfighters first and foremost, in any clime and place, “ the Marines wrote on YouTube.
“Drawing on the strength and service of those who wore the Eagle, Globe and Anchor in years past, Marines today are standing ready to fight and win,” the service concluded.
Gen. Berger tweeted his own birthday message to the Corps, writing, “Every day is a great day to be a Marine, but nothing beats a Marine Corps birthday. Happy Birthday to all #Marines. Semper Fidelis.”
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.