Marine Corps celebrates 246th birthday

November 10 marks the Marine Corps’ official birthday as it was first established on this day in 1775, by the Second Continental Congress.

The Marines played a large role in the American Revolution after its creation but then were abolished following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. The organization was then recreated on July 11, 1798, by U.S. Congress, which then directed that it be available for service under the Secretary of the Navy.

Now there are over 35 Marine Corps bases across the world, with a majority of them in the United States. Its structure is similar to the Army with teams, squadrons, platoons and battalions. There are over 186,000 active Marines.

Regarding the organization’s, birthday, it was first known as Marine Corps Day and was initially celebrated on July 11 from 1799 until 1921. This was when Major General Lejeune ordered to formalize the tradition and establish the official day to honor the birthday of the Marine Corps.

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