US Marine Corps Day
Reported By SPC Z.Williamson
On November 10, 1775, following the introduction of the Continental Marine, Second Continental Congress ordered the creation of Marine Corps to oversee a mission for intercepting ammunition cargo from Britain using Marines. As suggested by the title, the group was known as the Continental Marines.
The anniversary of the foundation was originally celebrated on July 11 from 1799 until 1921, when Major General Lejeune issued an order to formalize the tradition and establish the official day to honor the celebration of the anniversary of Marine Corps, also recognized as Marine Corps Day.
All commemorations have included reading Marine Corps Order No 47 and the Commandant´s message to those assembled. Since 1956, cake cutting by the Mameluke sword where the first piece of the 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 the Corps.