Today Is The Marine Corps Birthday, The History Of The United States Marines
One thing we do here at LoneStar 923 is to honor our military. Tomorrow is Veteran's Day, so yes we will honor veterans tomorrow as well, but today is the Marine Corp's birthday. In honor of Marine's birthday, here is a little history lesson about the Marine Corp and how they came to be.
The Marine Corps was founded on November 10, 1775, when the Continental Congress ordered two battalions of Marines to be raised as landing forces. Since then the Marines have fought in every war the United States has fought in. The Marine Corps has executed more than 300 naval landings and is usually the first to fight.
The U.S. Marine Corps is structured according to the National Security Act of 1947 and its amendments of 1952. The commandant of the corps has coequal status with members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in all matters pertaining to the corps. The corps is composed of two operating forces, the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific (FMFPAC) and the Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic (FMFLANT); a supporting establishment for recruitment, training, supply logistics, and maintenance of bases, installations, and schools; and the Marine Corps Reserve. Britannica
Traditions of the Marine Corp:
"The Marine Corps emblem is the Western Hemisphere superimposed on a foul anchor and surmounted by a spread eagle. The Corps motto is Semper Fidelis (Latin: “Always Faithful”), which is also the title of the Corps march, composed by John Philip Sousa. Perhaps even more familiar is “The Marines’ Hymn.” The Marine Band, the oldest musical organization in the U.S. armed forces, is known as “The President’s Own” because of its privilege of performing at all state functions at the White House. The official colors of the Corps are scarlet and gold, but forest green enjoys semiofficial recognition. The distinctive dress-blue uniform of Marines, with its standing collar, is well known. From the standing collar—descended from the tall leather neckpiece of the 18th- and 19th-century uniform—comes the traditional nickname for Marines of “leathernecks.” The forest-green service uniform was introduced in 1912. In naval formations, Marines have the privilege of forming on the right of line or at the head of column, the traditional places of honour and seniority". Britannica
Thank you to men and women who put on their uniforms every day to protect this great nation and to the men and women who have served before. We are only the home of the free because of the brave.