From their early birth...until this day...

Little has changed or gone away...

They bond for life, make no mistake...

And their love for the “Corps” will never shake!

“God, Country, Corps,” sums up a Marine...

It’s a simple fact, and like a gene!

Don’t get them wrong, or up tight...

They’re a peace loving group until they fight!

And fight they will, with all their might...

When called upon in day or night!

Every year they come together...

The young, the old, regardless of weather!

To see old friends and share some thought...

Dressed sharp and smart like they were taught!

For some, the years went very fast...

But they still remember their warrior past.

So they toast a few to the “Corps” they love...

And also thank their God above!

For all these years it’s much the same...

And if there’s a message, it’s very plain...

Freedom’s not free, there’s a price to pay...

That’s why Marines honor this day!

November 10th will always be...

A day the “Corps” helped us stay free!

By Bob Beskar
Vietnam War
Veteran

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection from the sea, using the mobility of the United States Navy to deliver combined-arms task forces rapidly. It is one of seven uniformed services of the United States. In the civilian leadership structure of the United States military, the Marine Corps is a component of the United States Department of the Navy, often working closely with U.S. naval forces for training, transportation, and logistic purposes; however, in the military leadership structure the Marine Corps is a separate branch.

Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions of Continental Marines on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia as naval infantry. Since then, the mission of the Marine Corps has evolved with changing military doctrine and American foreign policy. The Marine Corps has served in every American armed conflict and attained prominence in the 20th century when its theories and practices of amphibious warfare proved prescient and ultimately formed the cornerstone of the Pacific campaign of World War II. By the mid-20th century, the Marine Corps had become the dominant theorist and practitioner of amphibious warfare. Its ability to rapidly respond on short notice to expeditionary crises gives it a strong role in the implementation and execution of American foreign policy.


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