November 10, 2017
The United States Marine Corps is celebrating its 242nd birthday.
The Marines formed on November 10, 1775 in Philadelphia during the American Revolution to lead the fight “on land and on sea” against the British.
Since then the marines have been an integral part of battles, especially in World War II and most recently in the Middle East in the War on Terror.
After laying a wreath at the World War II memorial in Washington Friday morning, General Robert B. Neller, the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps. addressed the crowd.
“The world we have is the world we have,” said the general. “It’s probably not the world we want, but it can become the world that we want if we are willing to sacrifice and dedicate and work hard to make it what we believe it should be.”
Currently, there are more than 180,000 active duty marines, and more than 30,000 in the Marine Reserves.
The motto of the Marine Corps — “semper fi” — was adopted around 1883, and is Latin for “always faithful.”