‘Happy birthday, Marines!’

Published 3:22 pm Friday, November 18, 2022

Jack Eure, a Marine Corps veteran from Suffolk, hosted a celebration of the Corps’ 247th birthday at Smithfield Station on Nov. 10, drawing former and current Marines from Hampton Roads and as far away as Columbia, South Carolina. The date honors the Nov. 10, 1775 organization of the Corps by the Second Continental Congress. At the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, the Marines were abolished following the Treaty of Paris in 1783 and were reorganized on July 11, 1798 when the U.S. Congress placed the Corps under the Secretary of the Navy. “Happy birthday, Marine!” is the traditional greeting among Marine Corps veterans on Nov. 10. The celebration traditionally concludes with the oldest Marine gathered using his or her service sword to cut a cake and hand a slice to the youngest Marine present.