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On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the 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.
The record of our Corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world's history. During 90 of the 146 years of it's existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the nations foes. From the battle of Trenton to the Argonne. Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.
In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our Corps Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term Marine has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.
This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the Corps. With it we also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our Corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as "Soldiers of the Sea" since the founding of the Corps.
R 311726Z OCT 06
FM CMC WASHINGTON DC(UC)
TO AL ALMAR(UC)
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC//
SUBJ/UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE - 10 NOVEMBER 2006//
POC/SGT M. BELL/ADMIN CHIEF/CMC STAFF GROUP/-/TEL:(703) 614-2326//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/ON NOVEMBER 10TH, 1775, OUR CORPS WAS BORN AS THE
CONTINENTAL CONGRESS RAISED THE "FIRST AND SECOND BATTALIONS OF AMERICAN
MARINES." EACH YEAR AS WE CELEBRATE OUR BIRTHDAY, WE PAUSE TO REFLECT
ON THE MARINES OF YESTERYEAR WHO FOUGHT IN OUR TOUCHSTONE BATTLES AND
FORGED THE MODERN MARINE CORPS WITH THEIR COURAGE, INTEGRITY, AND
UNDYING COMMITMENT TO THEIR FELLOW MARINES. EACH OF OUR STORIED BATTLES
IS A LINK IN THE LONG CHAIN THAT BINDS ALL MARINES TOGETHER-FROM THE
CONTINENTAL MARINES AT BUNKER HILL TO THE TEUFELHUNDEN CROSSING THE
WHEAT FIELDS OF BELLEAU WOOD. THIS CHAIN BINDS US TO THE MARINES ON THE
CREST OF MOUNT SURIBACHI; IT PASSES THROUGH THE ICE AND SNOW OF THE
CHOSIN RESERVOIR AND THE STEAMING JUNGLES OF VIETNAM, AND IT ANCHORS
FIRMLY TODAY IN THE DESERT SANDS OF IRAQ.
THIS YEAR'S CELEBRATION AGAIN FINDS MANY FROM OUR RANKS SERVING WITH
DISTINCTION IN HARM'S WAY. AS WE HAVE FOR THE PAST 231 YEARS, OUR CORPS
IS ANSWERING THE NATION'S CALL. I CAN REPORT FIRST HAND THAT OUR
MARINES FIGHTING ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE LONG WAR ON TERROR ARE
PERFORMING BRILLIANTLY, ACQUITTING THEMSELVES WITH HONOR, DEDICATION,
AND DIGNITY IN DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENTS.
ALL MARINES ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU ARE
SERVING, YOU ARE ADDING NEW CHAPTERS TO THE LEGACY THAT WAS EARNED WITH
SWEAT AND BLOOD ON OLD BATTLEFIELDS. JUST AS PREVIOUS GENERATIONS OF
MARINES SHAPED TODAY'S MARINE CORPS, YOUR DEEDS ARE MOLDING THE CORPS OF
TOMORROW. OUR CORPS HAS NEVER BEEN STRONGER, AND ALL AMERICANS ARE
EXTREMELY PROUD OF YOUR MAGNIFICENT PERFORMANCE AND UNWAVERING
COMMITMENT TO SERVE OUR CORPS AND COUNTRY. WITH HIGH CALIBER MARINES
LIKE YOU, OUR FUTURE HAS NEVER BEEN BRIGHTER.
ANOTHER IRREPLACEABLE ELEMENT OF OUR SUCCESS AS MARINES IS THE TERRIFIC
SUPPORT WE RECEIVE FROM OUR FAMILIES. THROUGH THE LONG HOURS, THE
EXERCISES, AND THE COMBAT DEPLOYMENTS, THEIR SUPPORT IS UNCONDITIONAL
AND FIRM. THEY GIVE US LOVE AND DEVOTION, PROVIDING US WITH THE
STRENGTH TO DRIVE ON WHEN DUTY CALLS. TODAY WE SHOULD ALL ACKNOWLEDGE
OUR LOVED ONES FOR THEIR PATIENT, STEADFAST SERVICE.
TO ALL WHO HAVE EARNED THE TITLE MARINE, TO THE SUPERB SAILORS WHO SERVE
WITH US IN EVERY CLIME AND PLACE, AND TO OUR PRECIOUS FAMILIES-I WISH
EACH ONE OF YOU A HEARTFELT HAPPY 231ST BIRTHDAY.
SEMPER FIDELIS AND KEEP ATTACKING!
M. W. HAGEE, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS//
Im in the Army, but you GOTTA love The Marines! Semper Fi!
"For Some They Had Family Waiting For Them. For Others, The Only Family They Had Were The Men They Bled Beside. There Were No Bands, No Flags, No Honor Guards To Welcome Them Home. They Went To War Because Their Country Ordered Them To. But In The End They Didn't Fight For Their Country Or Their Flag, They Fought For Each Other."
- Joe Galloway
"We Were Soldiers Once,... And Young"