They have been protecting this country since before it even WAS a country. And ya gotta love any organization that gets its start in a bar! http://www.marines.com/main/index/winning_battles/history/missions/founding_of_the_marine_co
Around the world, Marines celebrate the day with a cake tradition: The oldest Marine takes the first bite of birthday cake decorated with the U.S. Marine logo and then passes it on to the youngest Marine.
May they eat cake for 235 more years!
Although they compromise only 11% of our military, almost a quarter of all combat deaths are from the Corps. I'm sure the stats for injury are even higher, so go help 'em out!
“The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!” Eleanor Roosevelt
H/T: Weasel Zippers:
An awesome tribute from Go Daddy:
The Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps deliver the 2010 birthday message: