By Public Affairs Office 08 November 2019
The Marine Corps' 244th anniversary was cause for celebration, speeches, cakes, and formal recognition in events across the USA, in Pennsylvania, and among the joint and international officers of the Army War College Class of 2020.
Marine Col. Siebrand Niewenhous, senior Marine in the USAWC class, led the ceremony.
Retired Marine Col. GK Cunningham appreciated Niewenhous's words and the traditions incorporated into the ceremony, to include the reading of Marine Corps Orders No. 47.
Today, we talked about the long and illustrious history of the U.S. Marine Corps and the fact that we are Soldiers of the Sea, said Cunningham. "The ceremony was a reflection of the pride and camaraderie that animates the Marine Corps to this day," he said.
Pennsylvania issues a resolution
On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and passed a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines to be raised for service as landing forces with the fleet. That resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the U.S. Marine Corps.
"Since its first amphibious raid on March 3, 1776 ... during World War where the Battle of Belleau Wood established their reputatio for toughness and fierceness ... during the liberation of the Pacific Islands during World War II ... when the Marine Corps and Navy launched the massive amphibious attack at Inchon ... during major offensives of the Vietnam War ... the liberation of Kuwait and the defeat of Iraqi forces in OPERATION DESERT STORM ... and through continuously significant contributions to the war on terrorism as part of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM IN Iraq -- Marines embody the motto of the Corps, Semper Fidelis -- Always Faithful." In these words, in a resolution of the Pennsylvania Legislature, the Commonwealth formally recognized November 10, 2019, as Marine Corps Day in Pennsylvania. The resolution was introduced by Pennsylvania Sen. Doug Mastriano, retired Army Colonel.