Marines celebrate 240 years on Nov. 10
The U.S. Marine Corps celebrates its birthday on Nov. 10. Established by the Second Continental Congress on Nov. 10, 1775, they were called Continental Marines during the Revolutionary War.
Their main duty was to be on the country’s ships and protect them and the captain. They were disbanded after the Revolutionary War, but were re-established July 11, 1798 by President John Adams.
Philadelphia, Penn., is considered the birthplace of the Marine Corps. The first enlistments were made into the Marine Corps at a place called Tuns Tavern. Major Edwin McClellan in 1921, a historian in the Marine Corps, sent Commandant John A. Lejuene a memorandum suggesting the Marine Corps’ official birthday be celebrated on Nov.10.
Commandant Lejuene sent an inspiring letter to his troops to be read on the Marine Corps Birthday – a tradition that continues today. Marine Corps birthday balls are not celebrated the same today, but there is a cake and it is cut by a ceremonial sword.