Happy Birthday, USMC!!!

Ahhh yes.  Today is the 232nd birthday of the Marine Corps.  I don't think it's any coincidence that the Corps started in a bar, do you?

Whether you call them gyrenes, jarheads, leathernecks, devildogs, husband/wife, son/daughter or boyfriend/girlfriend, they are devastatingly good looking in their dress blues, no?

Now, the Marine Corps has many traditions and the one most closely associated with THE BIRTHDAY is the Birthday Ball.

I have attended plenty of Birthday balls and although these fetes start off as formal, they don't end that way.  I could make the post about Ball antics like this but I would like to retain at least a shred of personal dignity before Spousebuzz Live.  I have a sneaking suspicion that after the conference, that shred will be gone too. 

Even if there is no Birthday Ball, there is always a cake cutting ceremony.  The oldest and the youngest Marines in attendance receive the first two pieces.  General John Lejeune's original Birthday order is read as well as a message from the Commandant.  Marines greet each other on this day with a hearty "Happy Birthday" as if it were their own and in a very real way, it is.

I suppose I could go on and on about why I love being a Marine wife and mom, why I love the traditions of the Corps, why I love their loyalty to their fellow Marines, and why I love their big, old goofy hearts.  Maybe another day...

Today, I'll just say,"Happy Birthday" to the Marines and the people who love them.


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