November 10 is the official birthday of the United States Marine Corps.
In 1921 General John Lejeune, the 13th Commandant of the Marines, issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921. The order summarized the history, mission, and tradition of the Marines, and directed that the order itself be read to all Marines on November 10 of each year to honor the founding of the Marine Corps and remind the United States Marines of their mission and the history of the proud Corps with which they serve.
Men and women do not “join” the Marines. Those who complete the training have become Marines, and remain Marines for a lifetime. They accept and radiate the Marine Corps values of honor, courage, and commitment, and they are an example for the rest of us to follow.
My father-in-law is a retired Master Sergeant in the United States Marines. He is and has been a model of strength and courage for both my husband and my son, as well as for me. I love him and respect him, both as a man and for his service to our country. I am proud to be related to a Marine.
Today this blog, and hopefully all of us, will pause to give thanks to the United States Marine Corps, both active and retired.
There is no such thing as a “former Marine” – so if you know one or see one of any age, say thanks today.