Tell a Marine "Happy Birthday" today

It is on this date in 1775, Major Samuel Nicholas was commissioned by the Continental Congress to begin recruiting for what would become the United States Marines:


"That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant-Colonels, two Majors, and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of Privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve by sea when required; that they be enlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalion of Marines."


It is a date which may be remembered in infamy by many of America's enemies, but one which all Americans should remember with pride and appreciation.

So if you see a Marine today, don't forget to say "Happy Birthday" ... and thank him or her for their service to our nation and the cause of freedom for all.

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