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    The Marine Corps celebrated its 231st birthday on Friday

    “[B]Two hundred and thirty-one years[/B],” the captain said.

    “[B]Tradition. This is what makes us different. This is what sets us apart[/B].”

    The Marine Corps celebrated its 231st birthday on Friday, an event that passes with little notice outside the corps’s insular ranks, but is an essential ritual within, especially now, as the policies guiding the war seem certain to change and the reasons that brought the marines here are less clear.

    [url]http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/11/world/middleeast/11marines.html?ref=world[/url]

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    Semper fi devil dogs!



    General LeJeune's Marine Corps Birthday Message

    On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date, many thousand men have borne the name Marine. In memory of them, it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the Birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

    The record of our Corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world's history. During 90 of the 146 years of it's existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the nations foes. From the battle of Trenton to the Argonne. Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

    In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our Corps Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term Marine has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

    This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the Corps. With it we also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our Corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as "Soldiers of the Sea" since the founding of the Corps.

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    It also marks the 231st failure of libs to kill off the Marines.

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    [QUOTE=Spirit of Weeb]It also marks the 231st failure of libs to kill off the Marines.[/QUOTE]

    Marines die, The Marine Corps Lives On......

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    [QUOTE=Jetdawgg]Marines die, The Marine Corps Lives On......[/QUOTE]


    Dawg, a Marine just told me yesterday that "Marines don't die, they just go to hell to regroup".

    I'm sure you can corroborate that Marine's sentiment. ;)

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    [QUOTE=Equilibrium]Dawg, a Marine just told me yesterday that "Marines don't die, they just go to hell to regroup".

    I'm sure you can corroborate that Marine's sentiment. ;)[/QUOTE]

    No doubt...We are hell raisers everywhere we go :D :D

    We never quit. There is this thing called "Esprit De Corps". We carry it at all times everywhere. Just had a big dinner with a bunch of older Marine Veterans and we are still crazy as ever.

    It was a lot of fun. There are very few Marines compared to the other branches of the Armed Forces.

    Thanks :D :D

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