From the Marines’ Hymn: “If the Army and the Navy ever look on Heaven’s scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.” This November 10, celebrate the U.S. Marine Corps Birthday and honor this distinguished branch of the U.S. military. Having served in nearly every U.S. conflict, the Marine Corps has bravely defended our country since America’s inception. The Corps, with over 186,000 active duty members and 38,500 reserves, continues its proud tradition as protectors of the U.S. and its people.
Marine Corps Birthday - History
Women joined the Marine infantry
Three women joined an infantry battalion at Camp Lejune. Women now make up about 7 percent of the force.
The Marine Hymn was written
The music is actually taken from a French opera — written by composer Jacques Offenbach.
Marines fought at sea
During the War of 1812, Marine detachments on Navy ships took part in some of the great frigate duels that characterized the war, which were the first and last engagements of the conflict.
A split from the Navy
The Marines were officially established as a landing force for the Navy. Congress would soon make the Marine Corps a separate service.
How to Observe Marine Corps Birthday
1. Visit the Marine Corps War Memorial
It's near Arlington, Virginia. The iconic statue depicts six Marines raising a U.S.flag on a mountaintop during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
2. . Run a Marine Mud Run
The Marine Mud Run is a course with Marine style obstacles and a distance of approximately three miles. Tackle numerous obstacles including walls, trenches, and mud pits as you traverse surfaces of dirt roads, fields, ponds, and mud trails. Enjoy!
3. Book a trip to the Marine Corps Museum
Located in Triangle, Virginia near MCB Quantico, the National Marine Corps Museum is one of the top tourist attractions in the state, drawing over 500,000 people annually. Too far? The museum offers an online virtual tour.
5 Proud Marine Corps Facts
1. Marines have their own unique culture
Marines are distinguished by their mission, training, history, uniform, and esprit de corps. (Don't call them "soldiers.")
2. The Marine Hymn is the oldest
It's a sacred symbol of the pride and professionalism of a Marine as they stand straight and tall at attention when it's performed.
3. “Leatherneck” is more than a nickname
The standing collar on the dress coat of the Marine Corps uniform is now a vestige of the leatherneck tradition.
4. The Corps was born in a bar
The first Marines enlisted at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, which is considered the birthplace of the Marine Corps.
Why Marine Corps Birthday is Important
A. Marines always have your back
The Marine motto, Semper fidelis (“always faithful”), is the code by which they live. Marines are known for their enduring loyalty, fierce tenacity, and lasting faithfulness towards both their country and their brothers in arms.
B. Marines are respected, even by enemies
The Marines have several nicknames, but one was actually coined by those they fought. During World War I, German soldiers' greatest fear was running up against the Marines, and they began calling them “Teufelhunden," or Devil Dog. The nickname has stuck ever since.
C. Marines dress to impress
Let’s face it, nothing looks as sharp and impressive as Marines in their dress blues. Every single member of the other services can’t deny that Marine dress blues are the best looking uniforms — and Marines know it.