Today Marines around the world will celebrate the 239th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

While each branch of the military celebrates a birthday every year, to Marines, the birthday is sacred. Cake will be cut using a Mameluke sword, with the first piece going to the oldest Marine present, who then passes it along to the youngest Marine. General John Lejeune’s birthday message is read. The commandant’s birthday message is played.

Written by Cassy Fiano
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