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PR15-015 - I MEF Marines celebrate Corps’ 240th Birthday

November 10, 2015

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- pan style="color: #000000; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 16px;"> In 1921, General John A. Lejeune, the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, directed all Marines to observe and honor the day on which the Corps was established. 

Lejeune wrote, “On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name ‘Marine.’ In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.” 

In the spirit of Lejeune’s intent, whether at home or deployed abroad, Marines of the I Marine Expeditionary Force will gather around the world to celebrate and honor the legacy that precedes them through traditions carried on throughout the years. 

“The Marine Corps is not just a job,” said Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, I MEF commanding general. “It is a calling, and teaching the Corps’ history to our young Marines helps them to understand what previous generations of Marines have accomplished, why we are so proud of who we are and what we expect of everyone who wears the Eagle, Globe and Anchor. It is also how we honor those who went before us.” 

Among the many traditions Marines hold dearly is the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball, a formal celebration hosted by individual units where Marines wear their dress blue uniforms. 

During the ball, Lejeune’s birthday message is read in length and Marines observe an official cake cutting ceremony where the oldest Marine present delivers a piece of cake to the youngest Marine, signifying passing the Corps’ traditions onto the newest generation of Marines.

Other traditions include unit formation runs and a uniform pageant displaying uniforms Marines have worn in different eras and battles.


I Marine Expeditionary Force