Happy Birthday today to the United States Marine Corps! Formed by a declaration of Congress on this day way back in 1775 in a little tavern, the Marine Corps has gown steadily into the force it is today.
Here's a snippet from www.usmcpress.com, a site filled with all you'd ever want to know about my beloved Corps.
"On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned Samuel Nicholas to raise two Battalions of Marines. That very day, Nicholas set up shop in Tun Tavern. He appointed Robert Mullan, then the proprietor of the tavern, to the job of chief Marine Recruiter -- serving, of course, from his place of business at Tun Tavern. Prospective recruits flocked to the tavern, lured by (1) cold beer and (2) the opportunity to serve in the new Corps of Marines. So, yes, the U.S. Marine Corps was indeed born in Tun Tavern. Needless to say, both the Marine Corps and the tavern thrived during this new relationship. "
I wore my Marines jacket today, but didn't get a single birthday greeting. The Wife and I celebrated her birthday today too. While a friend watched the kiddos for us, we went for a nice dinner and did some shopping. I wanted to get her a camera for her birthday, and wanted to get just the right one, so I took her to a few places and she decided on the Nikon Coolpix 550. It's quite a nice piece of gear.
Anyway, Happy Birthday again to The Wife, and Happy Birthday and Semper Fi to my fellow Devil Dogs.