"We can’t know for certain where future battlefields will be, or how our methods of warfighting will be redefined as threats to our Nation evolve, but we can ensure that the Marines who fight those battles will be forged of the same courage, spirit, and warfighting excellence as all Marines before them," David H. Berger General, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant of the Marine Corps,
Since the first USMC birthday celebration on Nov 10th, 1921, Marines past and present, have gathered on that date to celebrate the founding of the Marine Corps.
General Chuck Kulack, the 31st Commandant of the USMC, remarked on Nov. 10, 2018, the Corps’ 243rd birthday, "They (the American people) believe in it. They know that when the whistle blows, their Marines are going to don their helmets, they are going to put on their flak jackets, they are going to grab a weapon, and they are going to march to the sound of the guns and smell of cordite, and they are going to fight, and they are going to win!"
The Marine Corps continues to pull its weight as the Nation's number one fighting force. With 170,000 plus active-duty Marines & reserve and close to three million dependents, our Corps remains confident in their ability to maintain peace and order, both domestic and on foreign lands.
The Marine's Core Values are Honor, Courage, and Commitment, which each Marine lives and fights by. They are the building blocks that aid you in making the right decisions at the right time, both on the battlefield and in our Nation's communities. The United States Marines are a family that fights together, finding individual purpose in a collective cause—the protection of our Nation and the advancement of its ideals.
The Marine Corp’s birthday cake-cutting ceremony is important to all Marines, as it is an annual renewal of each Marine’s commitment to the Corps . . . and the Corps’ commitment to our nation's quest for peace and freedom worldwide.
The birthday cake is traditionally cut with the Mameluke sword, as a reminder that we are a band of warriors, committed to carrying the sword, so that our nation may
live in peace.
The first piece of cake is given to the Guest of Honor. Traditionally, the second piece is given to the oldest Marine, then handing the third piece to the youngest Marine signifying the passing of experience and knowledge from the old to the young of our Corps.
Happy birthday, Marines!