10 November 1775, Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was more than a place for men to drink away their troubles and woes. On this day in History, it also became the birthday for one of the most formidable forces in the world. The United States Marine Corps found a home in America under the guidance of the first Captain of the Marine Corps, Samuel Nicholas. Although commissioned for the Continental Naval service, he is considered by many to be the very first Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Tun Tavern may not have been the official birthplace of the Marine Corps if there had been a more
Tun Tavern was apparently a pretty popular recruiting location because in 1756, Benjamin Franklin also used the establishment to recruit for the Pennsylvania Militia to fight against uprisings by the Native Americans.
Getting back to the Marines, the story continues. The Marine Corps is considered the "first to fight".
The Marine Corps' primary motto, Semper Fidelis (always faithful), indicates that the Marines love what they've done, they love what they do, and they never EVER leave a man behind. Never would there be a mutiny caused by a Marine. Not in the past, not in the future. One has never even been considered within the ranks of the United States Marine Corps. There have been other mottos for the Marine Corps through History, but this is the most prevalent. Two other worth noting are "By Sea and by Land" and "From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli" to indicate their land and sea traditions as well as an unlimited presence in the world.
Many battles have taken the lives of many Marines. Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest battles of all time, took the lives of thousands of Marines in a few short weeks. The deaths were caused by the island's rough terrain, the facts that the Japanese soldiers were prepared for the attack, and the fact that they continued forward, pressing and pushing, never giving up. They stood beside their brothers in arms and watched them shot down beside them. Still, they pressed onward.
Battles have been fought against the enemy, but they also fight some true battles at home. Christmas is a time for joy and wonder in the faces of children. This does not always happen in the lives of poor little boys and girls. The Marines have taken a vow to help these children to have happy holidays. The Marines adopted the brainchild of Major Bill Hendricks, and in 1948, the National Toys for Tots campaign began. The first year, 1947, Major Hendricks and the Marine Corps Reserves collected and distributed 5000 toys for needy children in Los Angeles. Because of the success of this endeavor, the Marine Corps Reserves believed this to be a worth-while cause that would help so many children to have a smile on their face Christmas morning. Some regions also bring bags of holiday foods to those households so that they would have the merriest Christmas that they could give them.
The Marine Corps colors, scarlet and gold, signify several different beliefs from the Marine Corps.
The Marine Corps Birthday is celebrated across the world on 10 November. The pride of the Marine Corps is not for the individual, but for the whole, from the first Commandant to the very last member to walk out of basic training. Each and every Marine deserves the benefit of honor, and the Marine Corps Birthday celebration is the way they tell all Marines how important they are. The celebration always