Today is the 230th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps
Here is a good site to get in the mood to celebrate. And here are the words to the Marine Corp Hymn, which I have known since I was a little girl:
From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.
Our Flag's unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in every clime and place, where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job, the United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps, which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we've fought for life and never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's scenes,
they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.
My father proudly served in the US Marines during WWII. He saw action on Iwo Jima, and some of my earliest memories of him were him going through his photo album with me from that time. Until his death last year, the Marines remained one of the most important parts of my father's life; and certainly he consideded his time with them the most important time of his life. The local Marine unit in Fresno, California--where my Dad lived-- performed a very moving flag ceremony at his funeral, and presented me with the flag.
Once a Marine, Always a Marine. Semper Fi!
So, Happy Anniversary, To Marines, wherever they are deployed !
May You Always Be There To Protect America, and May We Always Honor You For Your Sacrifice....
U.S. Marine PFC (sometimes Sgt.) Frank Santy - World War II