Today is 10 November. A mere 235 years ago, on this date, the United States Marine Corps was created by an act of the Continental Congress. Twenty years ago on this date, I celebrated my first Marine Corps Birthday…at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California (Marine Boot Camp). There wasn’t much celebrating, of course. It seems like we got to scarf down something special during our four-minute evening meal or something.
In subsequent years, I’ve become progressively proud of my Marines. In an era where there seems to be little to celebrate, I can whole-heartedly celebrate the past, present, and future of the U.S. Marine Corps. If you want to feel proud of your country again, do an image search (or better yet a video search) on Bing or Google for “US Marines”. I guarantee you will smile, laugh, and probably cry. They should make us all so very proud. I am blessed to have been able to be a tiny part of that grand history.
Tonight, I will drink a toast to the Corps. I will say a prayer (as my family does often) for their safety, guidance, wisdom, bravery, and success. And I will look forward to the day when they can all come home to their loving families and friends ‘stateside’.
God Bless the U.S. Marines.