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American Legion Post celebrates Marine Corps’ 242nd birthday

November 15, 2017
By ED FRANKS (efranks@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

About 40 people filled the American Legion hall Friday afternoon to celebrate the U.S. Marine Corps 242nd birthday.

The Marine Corps began when two battalions of Continental Marines were formed on Nov. 10, 1775. The Marines are the branch of military responsible for conducting amphibious operations of the armed forces.

"Every year on Nov. 11, our country celebrates those who served in our military on Veterans Day," Legion Commander Tom Lewis said. "But Nov. 10th is the Marine Corps birthday and we celebrate our Marines with a ceremony and cake."

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The Marine Corps began when two battalions of Continental Marines were formed on Nov. 10, 1775. The Marines are the branch of military responsible for conducting amphibious operations of the armed forces.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, the Marine's Prayer was read and a toast made:

"Here's to the love of a beautiful maid,

The love of a staunch true man,

The love of a baby unafraid,

Has existed since time began.

But the greatest love,

Even greater than that of a mother,

Is the tender, infinite, passionate love,

One drunken Marine has for another."

The oldest Marine and the youngest Marine at the Legion were recognized. Two weeks from his 76th birthday, Richard Giron was the oldest Marine in the room. Giron served in the United States Marine Corps for 3 years.

"I worked for the Illinois Bell Telephone Company before I went in," Giron said. "I have an older brother and an older cousin who were Marines and I just wanted to be a Marine so I joined in 1962 and served 3 years."

Dennis Briggs was the youngest Marine in the room at 50 years old. Originally from Bowie, Maryland, Briggs served 8 years as a Marine and then joined the Reserves.

"I was a Prince Georges County Police officer for 21 years and under cover for 5 years," Briggs said.

Earlier Friday, Briggs attended the Pine island Elementary Veteran's Day celebration where there were approximately 75 veterans.

"The kids this morning were very moving," Briggs said. "We forget what it is to be an American. Freedom isn't free and that means somebody pays the price for your freedom. It was really nice to see those kids and know there's someplace where they still celebrate our veterans."

 
 

 

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