The United States Marine Corps turns 235 years old Wednesday. Like every year, active duty and retired Marines will get a chance to celebrate in style.
The Marines were born during a committee meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The idea was to create two battalions that could "fight for independence at sea and on shore," according to the Corps. A resolution passed Nov. 10, 1775. The first birthday celebration was 85 years ago in Philadelphia.
Several formal birthday balls complete with cake-cutting ceremonies and guest speakers will be held throughout the month for Parris Island Marines.
Air station celebration
The Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort will celebrate starting at 5 p.m. Friday at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center on Hutchinson Island. The location allows the Marines to come together in one place instead of separating different ranks on different nights. The guest of honor is Sgt. Maj. Todd Parisi, director of the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Recruit depot celebration
The Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is holding four different balls: Headquarters & Service Battalion at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah; Weapons and Field Training Battalion at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at The Westin Resort on Hilton Head Island; 6th Marine Corps Recruiting District at 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah; and the Recruit Training Regiment at 5 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa.