Formed on this date in 1775 as the Continental Marines to fight on land and on the sea in the battle for Independence - the Marines are the first of four branches of the Armed Forces.
Small and flexible to handle any assignment - the Marines work closely with the Navy and are sometimes referred to as America's third air force and second land army.
Congratulations and thank you for your service.
I never was going to be one of the few or the proud, but am thankful for the men and women who have responded to the challenging call.
It's also interesting to me that there are no "ex-Marines." Once a Marine, always a Marine.
Those who returned home from their tours of duty exemplify their motto, "Semper Fidelis."
"Always Faithful" is an excellent shot across the bow of the purpose and those answering the call. We can be grateful that 240 years later, their service is available.