As Marines across the country celebrated the United State Marine Corps 244th birthday this past weekend, civilians, officials, and delegates paid their respects.
Every year since 1952, the Marines Corps celebrates its birthday with a traditional cake cutting and ball, as outlined in the Marine Drill Manual. The first slice of cake is always given to the oldest Marine in the room, who in turn hands it off to the youngest Marine to symbolize the passing of the knowledge of older and experienced Marines to the next generation of Marines.

Colonel Greg Raths USMC (RET) acknowledged the values that were instilled in him by the organization by saying, “My time serving in the United States Marine Corps was the proudest chapter of my life thus far.” Raths served our nation for 30 years as a Marine, flying in over 78 combat missions, including Desert Storm, Southern Watch, and Restore Hope. He was also a F/A-18 Hornet Fighter Squadron Commanding Officer aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.

In a statement, President Trump honored the organization by saying, “In recounting the 244 historic years of the United States Marine Corps, we remember the courage and conviction of the Marines who laid down their lives in defense of freedom. Their relentless toughness, outstanding leadership, and unwavering allegiance are invaluable assets to our Nation, protecting our freedom and our way of life.”

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