Archive for Thursday, November 9, 2006

Marines Corps to celebrate 231 years

November 9, 2006


Douglas County area veterans will celebrate the Marine Corps' 231st birthday beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Kansas University's Dole Institute of Politics.

Birthday cake will be served and Capt. Tom Arnold, commander of the Naval ROTC program at KU, will be the guest speaker. Arnold, former deputy commander and chief of staff for the commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Japan, took over the ROTC program in September.

A taped message from Marine Commandant Gen. Michael W. Hagee also will be played.

The Marine Corps birthday celebration in Lawrence has been an annual event since the early 1970s, said Erv Hodges, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel who helps organize the event. Historically, more than 100 Marines or retired Marines attend the celebration, Hodges said.

"What's nice is Marines can come from wherever they happen to be," Hodges said. "We're very informal."

The Lawrence High School choral group will sing songs, including the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the "Marine's Hymn."

The first piece of cake will be served to the oldest Marine in attendance, Hodges said.

The first local birthday celebration was organized by several Marines who held it in Lawrence City Hall's Commission chambers, Hodges said.


Rationalanimal 11 years, 7 months ago

You're the greatest fighting force in the history of the world and vanguards that have kept America the land of the free and the home of the brave. Never forget, there ARE Americans who appreciate the honor and sacrifice each Marine lays on the edifice of democracy.

don_burgess 11 years, 7 months ago

Thank you for your kind words, Rational.

ranger73 11 years, 7 months ago

I completely agree with Rationalanimal-

I'd like to think the folks who are out protesting this and that realize that without those who have served and died to protect and defend those rights-they wouldn't be there.

Semper Fi Marines!

Lepanto1571 11 years, 7 months ago

Happy birthday to the United States Marine Corps.

God bless all Marines past and present, and their families, who are, and have served. And may He especially bless those who, in the words of Abraham Lincoln: "have laid so costly a sacrifice on the altar of freedom."

Your sacrifice will never go unnoticed by many of us.

There is still a crusty layer of Americana who understand sacrifice, its necessity for liberty, and thank God that the nation can still produce such men and women.

Semper Fi

Lepanto Sua Sponte

coastiej 11 years, 7 months ago

From a fellow service member, thank you to all of the Marines and their families. Hoorah!

bearded_gnome 11 years, 7 months ago

well said, Lepanto.

thank you so much, to each in uniform and who has bravely worn the uniform. you serve, we well know this. you protect, we well perceive this. you lead, we certainly know this. you take risks beyond our comprehension, we understand this. and, we are grateful.

jonas 11 years, 7 months ago

And in celebration, for the next thirty-six hours, to honor their heritage, all marines in the field will be equipped with muskets. Terrorists tremble in fear!!!!!!

Commenting has been disabled for this item.