Maj. Gen. James Bonner and Command Sgt. Maj. Randolph Delapena

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Nov. 10, 2022) — This week, we celebrate the United States Marine Corps’ 247th birthday – a day dedicated to every warrior who has earned the honor to wear the eagle, globe and anchor, and who is part of “The Few, The Proud.”

In 1775, members of the Second Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia to prepare for the Revolutionary War. The committee there drafted a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines to fight for U.S. independence at sea and on shore. On Nov. 10, they passed the Continental Marine Act, establishing the Continental Marines.

Marines are always prepared for every challenge, and the Marine Corps has earned a revered place in our nation’s rich history and in every conflict. They embody professionalism, dedication to duty and integrity. With their ability to expeditiously deploy highly-skilled personnel, Marines defend our liberties around the world at a moment’s notice. Their unique ability to fight across land, sea and air makes Marines critical for military success in a multi-domain environment.

For nearly 50 years, Marines have trained alongside Soldiers and civilians at Fort Leonard Wood, along with Sailors and Airmen. We are very honored and proud to serve with them here in the heart of our nation. Happy birthday, United States Marines Corps! Semper Fidelis!

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