JACKSON, Miss.- The United states Marine Corps are celebrating their 241st year of service, so if you see a marine don’t forget to tell them happy birthday.
The birthplace of the Marine Corps, Philadelphia, was officially acknowledged during meetings of the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.
Two battalions of Marines were drafted to fight on land and at sea on Nov. 10, 1775.
Originally a part of the continental army, men enlisted for the Continental Marines had to be good seaman, good with maritime,and able to serve to on land and sea when required.
In 1783, the Navy and Marines were disbanded after the treaty of Paris ended the American Revolution. The day did not begin to be celebrated until 1921 when Major Edwin McClellan, the officer-in-Charge of the Historical Section of the Corps, suggested that the original date be declared as a holiday.
Today we say “happy birthday” and “thank you” to the men and women who have served in the Marine Corps and those who continue to do so today.