USMC Day 2023: On November 10, the United States Marine Corps celebrates its birthday with a cake-cutting ceremony and a traditional gala on USMC Day. The formation of the Continental Marines occurred simultaneously in 1775. Presently, four divisions comprise more than two hundred thousand Marines (active-duty and reserve) stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Camp Pendleton, California; Okinawa, Japan; and New Orleans, Louisiana.
USMC Day History
During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passed a resolution ordering the recruitment of “two battalions of marines” to serve as landing forces for the developing Continental Navy. The United States Marine Corps now celebrates the day that a resolution John Adams wrote and had approved in Philadelphia established the Continental Marines.
A number of crucial land and sea operations conducted by the original United States Marines during the Revolutionary War demonstrated their worth. It was the first time Marines had landed on a hostile coast when, in March 1776, they captured New Providence Island from the British under the leadership of Captain Samuel Nicholas.
Nicholas was the first commissioned officer of the Continental Marines and is considered the first Marine commander. The Marine Corps was abolished and the Continental Navy was dissolved subsequent to the attainment of United States independence in 1783.
With the progression of naval conflicts against Revolutionary France over the subsequent decade, the United States Congress was compelled to institute the United States Navy officially in May 1798. Two months later, on July 11, President John Adams ratified a measure that established the United States Marine Corps as a permanent military force under the command of the Department of Navy.
During the Quasi-War with France in the early 1800s, United States Marines engaged in combat with the Barbary raiders of North Africa. Subsequently, Marines have participated in every conflict waged by the United States, and frequently assumed the lead in combat situations. Since then, the Marine Corps has conducted over three hundred landings on foreign soil.
USMC Day FAQs
What constitutes a Jarhead Marine?
Historically, the Marines adorned themselves in a high-collar garment constructed from leather, a material that gave rise to the moniker ‘leathernecks.’ As the high collar was compared to the protrusion of a human head from a container, it acquired the moniker ‘jarhead.’
What was the initial designation of the Marine?
In March 1776, a Marine force under the command of Captain Samuel Nicholas captured New Providence Island, marking their initial foray onto a coast beset by adversaries. Nicholas was the first commissioned officer of the Continental Marines and is regarded as the first Marine commander.
Why are they referred to as “Devil Dogs”?
The Teufel Hunden were the official German designations for the Marines stationed in Belleau Wood, which earned them the moniker “Devil Dogs.” According to reports, Marines were directed to seize an elevation occupied by German troops while donning gas masks to protect themselves from German mustard gas.
USMC Day 2023 Activities
Explore the grounds of the Marine Corps Memorial
The Marine Corps Memorial exemplifies the iconic stature of the United States Marines and represents the group’s history. Six Marines are depicted hoisting the American flag atop a mountain during the intense Battle of Iwo Jima in the statue.
Honoring a Marine
Honor and express gratitude to any family members or friends who are currently serving in the Marine Corps or have done so in the past. This occasion should be used to recognize their service to the country and to show your support. On USMC Day, business owners have the opportunity to extend a discount to both active and retired Marines.
Contribute to the celebration of the United States Marine Corps by disseminating Marine Corps-related content on social media platforms. Participate in the digital movement and encourage family and friends to do the same.
Five interesting facts about the Marines Corps that will astound you
Elegant birthday celebration
During the cake-cutting ceremony on USMC Day, the guest of honor, the eldest surviving Marine, and the youngest Marine present are each presented with the initial three slices of cake.
Preserving renowned organization
It is not uncommon for service members to request that their preferred celebrities attend the annual birthday celebration with them through social media.
Companionships in poor areas
The Marines were established in a Philadelphia tavern, the Tun Tavern.
The average Marine transport gear and equipment is valued at approximately $14,000.
Unassuming in nature
The Marines continue to be the most modest branch of the armed forces of the Department of Defense (DoD).
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