MARINE RAIDERS CELEBRATE CORPS’ 245TH

Marines with Bravo Company, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, celebrate the 245th Marine Corps Birthday with a cake cutting ceremony at the Goettge Memorial Field House on MCB Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Nov. 5, 2020. A celebration for the Marine Corps birthday is held every year to reflect on the traditions, history and legacy of the Marine Corps. Due to COVID-19, this year’s celebration was held with increased regulations and safety precautions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez)

RALEIGH – November 10 marks the 245th birthday of the Marine Corps.

North Carolina is home to a lot of military installations, a lot of military families, a lot of veterans, and, as such, a lot of Marines. In fact, the Marine Corps installations in North Carolina are some of the most vital for our nation’s defense and forward operating capabilities.

The Marine Forces Special Operations Command call eastern North Carolina home, at Camp Lejeune, near Jacksonville. It’s one of multiple Marine installations that we’re proud to have here in North Carolina.

So it is with great pride that First in Freedom Daily wishes the Marine Corps Raiders a happy 245th birthday. We extend a debt of gratitude that cannot be overstated.

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Here’s the special message from the Marine Forces Special Operations Command:

Marine Forces Special Operations Command celebrated the 245th Marine Corps Birthday a little differently than in years past by running a collective 245 miles and coming together for a traditional cake-cutting ceremony, November 6, 2020 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

COVID-19 restrictions have changed the way Marines across the globe are celebrating the Corps’ 245th birthday. The annual galas, held to commemorate the founding of Marine Corps, have been scaled back to ensure the health of the force while ensuring the most meaningful aspects of the festivities remain untouched. The decision to forego Marine Corps Ball ceremonies was announced in a memo from the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black. In the memo, he recalled one of his most memorable birthdays while deployed and was reminded of what he feels is the most important thing for Marines to embrace: “being with Marines, accomplishing the mission, and staying true to our customs and courtesies, even in the midst of our shared adversity.”

Lt. Gen. George W. Smith, Deputy Commandant, Plans, Policies and Operations, was the guest of honor at the event held outside of the MARSOC headquarters. In keeping with Black’s theme, Smith reflected on Gen. Paul X. Kelly’s, 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps, perspective about what it means to be a Marine. “It is like trying to describe the feeling for your country, your wife and your children; it’s there, but words are simply insufficient.”

MARSOC commander, Maj. Gen. James F. Glynn, took a few moments to memorialize the three Marine Raiders killed in the past year, Maj. Moses A. Navas, Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo and Sgt. Wolfgang K. Weninger.

“Today we remember their legacy, and it is with them and their families, both in presence and in spirit that we celebrate our birthday with them,” said Glynn.

Similarly, Smith acknowledged the ultimate sacrifice paid by the Marines, saying, “Especially today, we double our efforts to be worthy, every day, of the title we share with them – Marine.”

As Marines around the globe reflect on their history and continue to face challenges associated with COVID, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David H. Berger, reminded them that adversity is nothing new for Marines.

“While this year’s many challenges are significant and unique, they are not unprecedented, and it is important to remember that our Nation and Corps have endured difficult times in our past. It is what we have done for 245 years and what is expected of us as the Nation’s force-in readiness,” said Berger in his birthday message. “Where others see challenges, Marines see opportunities. We don’t take a knee. We will always be ready to answer the nation’s call, no matter the crisis.”

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, as part of the Unit Deployment Program, participate in advanced marksmanship drills during exercise Fuji Viper 21.1 at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan, on Oct. 29, 2020. During this evolution of Fuji Viper, Marines demonstrated proficiency in infantry and combined arms tactics through a series of distributed lethality exercises. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ujian Gosun)
U.S. Marines stationed on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island (MCRDPI), reenact Marines from the past during the annual MCRDPI Birthday Pageant at the All Peatross Parade Deck aboard MCRDPI, S.C., Nov. 4, 2020. This year, the Birthday Pageant celebrated 245 years of the Marine Corps by showcasing the progression of uniforms dating back to 1775. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Dylan Walters)
U.S. Marines stationed on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island (MCRDPI), reenact Marines from the past during the annual MCRDPI Birthday Pageant at the All Peatross Parade Deck aboard MCRDPI, S.C., Nov. 4, 2020. This year, the Birthday Pageant celebrated 245 years of the Marine Corps by showcasing the progression of uniforms dating back to 1775. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Dylan Walters)
U.S. Marines stationed on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island (MCRDPI), reenact Marines from the past during the annual MCRDPI Birthday Pageant at the All Peatross Parade Deck aboard MCRDPI, S.C., Nov. 4, 2020. This year, the Birthday Pageant celebrated 245 years of the Marine Corps by showcasing the progression of uniforms dating back to 1775. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Dylan Walters)
A U.S. Marine with Fox Company, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, attached to 4th Marine Regiment, stands ready to begin an offensive maneuver at night in support of the Battalion Distributed Operations Course during Service Level Training Exercise 1-21 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Oct. 28, 2020. 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, conducted BDOC in preparation for Maneuver Warfare Exercise, demonstrating their technical and tactical proficiency during the regiment’s operations.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Carpanzano)

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