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The Marine Corps Birthday is observed on November 10. It was created on November 10, 1921, by the U.S. Government to show appreciation for the United States Marines. Having taken part in nearly every U.S. conflict, the Marine Corps has defended our country since America’s inception. The Corps, with over 186,000 active duty members and 38,500 reserves as of 2017, continues its proud tradition as protectors of the U.S. and its people.

​5 PROUD MARINE CORPS FACTS

​1. Marines have their own unique culture

Marines are distinguished by their mission, training, history, uniform, and esprit de corps. (Don’t call them “soldiers.”)

​2. The Marine Hymn is the oldest

It’s a sacred symbol of the pride and professionalism of a Marine as they stand straight and tall at attention when it’s performed.

​3. “Leatherneck” is more than a nickname

The standing collar on the dress coat of the Marine Corps uniform is now a vestige of the leatherneck tradition.

​4. The Corps was born in a bar

​The first Marines enlisted at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, which is considered the birthplace of the Marine Corps.

HOW TO OBSERVE MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY

  1. Visit the Marine Corps War Memorial The iconic statue, located between Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., depicts six Marines raising a U.S.flag on a mountaintop during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
  2. Reach out to a Marine If you have a friend or family member that is currently or has been a Marine, reach out to them and remind them how you appreciate the hard work they’ve done for their country.
  3. Get together with your old Corps buddies you’ve spent time in the Marine Corps, try to organize a gathering with your fellow Marines to catch up and collectively appreciate your time served.