"“That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines.”
– 2nd Continental Congress
On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress commissioned Samuel Nicholas to raise two battalions of Marines in Philadelphia. The location where that decree took place was Tun Tavern, the birthplace and most hallowed grounds of the United States Marine Corps. Every year we gather there to honor the Corps’ birthday. By tradition, the first slice of cake is given to the oldest Marine present, who in turn hands it off to the youngest Marine present, symbolizing the most experienced Marine passing knowledge to the new generation of Marines. We call on all Marines to come home to Tun Tavern for this event that culminates on November 10, 2019. Happy 244th Birthday, Marines. Semper Fidelis!
Spent 14 years in Army Special Operations and is now a Washington Bureaucrat continuing to contribute to our Nation's Defense! Father of 5 awesome young adults and living life to the fullest.