Marine Corps Celebrates 246th Birthday


Lily Thivierge, Staff Writer


Today America celebrates the US Marine Corps 246th birthday! November 10th was first officially recognized as the USMC birthday back in 1910. The USMC was born in the midst of the Revolutionary War in 1775. Since then, Marines have created a brotherhood and proudly served our country. For every Marine, November 10th is celebrated as if it’s their own birthday. 

Marines are a huge part of our nation’s military and they have had a heavy influence on our history. They serve as our nation’s amphibious branch working on both land and sea. Marines have been a part of every war that the US took part in. When battling in The Great War, the US Marines were so powerful and ferocious, that the German soldiers called them “Teufelshunde” or devil dogs. We have Marines stationed all around the world to protect and serve and at any moment. The don’t just help out on the battlefield but they contribute to our lives back home. They’ve created charities such as Semper Fi Fund and Toys For Tots which will be setting up donation centers to give back this holiday season. 

Even retired Marines do incredible things after their service. Some have gone to space and even appeared in our favorite movies. John Glenn was the first Marine in space and the first American to orbit the Earth. He circled the globe three times on Friendship 7. Actor Adam Driver who played Kylo Ren in the Star Wars Franchise, is a Marine from San Diego.  

No matter if a Marine is actively serving or retired, once a Marine, always a Marine. Today is a celebration for all those who served in the USMC. Semper Fidelis means always faithful, and they stay true to that motto. The Marine Corps is a brotherhood and a bond. If you see a Marine, tell them happy birthday.