The United States Marine Corps turned 240 years old on November 10th, kicking off a host of celebrations that could be heard across the country and right here in Hampton Roads. On Saturday November 7th, area Marines danced the night away at a Marine Corps Forces Command Birthday Ball. More than 1,400 active, reserve, and retired Marines and their guests gathered at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, was the Guest of Honor.
On the Corps official birthday, there was a traditional cake-cutting aboard the amphibious transport dock ship, USS San Antonio. Secretary of State John Kerry, also took part in the celebrations, talking with Sailors and Marines at Norfolk Naval Station and at Old Dominion University.
On November 10th, Marines from around the area joined Marine Corps Forces Command and its Headquarters Services Battalion members in a motivational run around Norfolk Naval Station to celebrate the anniversary.
The USMC was formed on November 10, 1775 in Philadelphia as an infantry force capable of fighting for independence both at sea and on shore. The role of the Corps has since grown and evolved, expanding to aerial warfare and earning popular titles such as “America’s third air force” and “second land army.”
To the men and women who serve in the United States Marines Corps, we thank you for your dedication to defend our freedom.