…First to fight for right and freedom And to keep our honor clean; We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.
Capt. Jeb F. Seagle Marine Corps League Detachment 1265 hosted the 237th birthday of the US Marine Corps Saturday night, November 10 with a Birthday Ball.
The celebration included the massing of colors and the traditional cake cutting ceremony.
Marines pause to observe the birthday of the Marine Corps by sharing a cake. A sword is traditionally used to cut the cake as a reminder that they are a band of warriors, committed to carrying the seord, so that our nation may live in peace. The first piece of cake is presented to the Guest of Honor. The second piece is presented to the oldest Marine present signifying the honor and respect accorded to experience and seniority. The oldest Marine then passes a piece of cake to the youngest Marine present showing how the older experienced Marines have nurtured and led young Marines that fill their ranks and renew their Corps. (From http://www.marines.mil/Marines/2012birthdayball.aspx)
Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions of Continental Marines on November 10, 1775 in Philadelphia as naval infantry. Since then, the mission of the Marine Corps has evolved with changing military doctrine and American foreign policy. The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection from the sea, using the mobility of the United States Navy to deliver combined-arms task forces rapidly. It is one of seven uniformed services of the United States. (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Marine_Corps)
Capt. Jeb F. Seagle Marine Corps League Detachment 1265 meets the second Monday of each month at the Lincoln County Veterans Center, 508 Howard’s Creek School Road in Lincolnton. Mess call is at 1900 (7 p.m.) and the meeting is at 1930 (7:30 p.m.).
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