Today marks the 236th anniversary of the Marine Corp. The picture of my Husband Scott, below, is the reason why today is so important. He is a proud Marine and Desert Storm Veteran.
In Honor of my Husband and today being the Birthday of the Marines I am going to list some facts that you may or may not know….
1. The Marine Corps adopted Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) as its official motto in 1883 before that it was To the Shores of Tripoli, adopted in 1805, Fortitude, adopted in 1812, From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, adopted in 1848, and By Sea and by Land, adopted in the 1850’s.
2. The three constant Corps Values are Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
3. First to Fight: The media in the United States began using this term to describe U.S. Marines during World War I. And, for once the media was right. Marines have served in the vanguard of every American war since the founding of the Corps in 1775. They have carried out over 300 assaults on foreign shores, from the arctic to the tropics. Historically, U.S. Marines are indeed the first to fight.
4. The Marine Corps was created on November 10, 1775, in Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by a resolution of the Continental Congress. In 1834 the Marines became part of the Department of the Navy. And Yes, The Tun Tavern is still around today!
5. Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, The famous picture taken by Rosenthal actually captured the second flag-raising event of the day. A U.S. flag was first raised atop Suribachi soon after it was captured early in the morning (around 10:20) of February 23, 1945. The first patrol reached the top without incident and the flag was raised, and photographed by Staff Sergeant Louis R. Lowery. This flag was too small, however, to be seen easily from the nearby landing beaches. This lead to a bigger flag being taken a top Mt. Suribachi and raised which is the well-known photo today.
The Best Quote I have ever heard about the Marines:
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem. [Ronald Reagan, U.S. President; 1985]
Tomorrow marks the 92nd observance of Veterans Day. As you already know I am a very proud Marine wife but my pride doesn’t stop there. I was privileged to call the most patriotic, selfless, honorable, respectful serviceman I have ever known, MY PopPop Jim! He was a U.S. Navy veteran and he was an original plank owner and crew member of the USS Wisconsin (BB-64). He was a life member of American Legion Post 64 in Salisbury, VFW Post 194 in Salisbury, 40/8 honor society of the American Legion. He played taps for countless veterans from 1945-2005; he always felt this was the last thing he could do for his comrades in arms. He was also awarded the Presidental Jefferson Award for his service with veterans. He was a member of the War Memorial committee to honor veterans of the United States at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The duty that he felt for country and comrade was so above anyone else I have ever met.
How lucky and I to be able to say that he was MY Grandfather!!
My family has many other veterans in it as well. My Uncle Bobby Hearn and Uncle Bill were both in the military, Army and Navy respectfully, on my mothers side. My Dad’s Father Harold Geer was in the Navy, sadly I never got to know him. And my Grandmother’s side had many veterans well. My Brother David Geer also served in the Air Force. To ALL those that have served this country my heartfelt Thank you!!
So tomorrow please take the time to Thank a Vet! For it is there sacrifices that give you the liberties and freedom you have today!
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