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November 9, 2011

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In This Newsletter
As a family member or friend of a Marine, you know how deep tradition runs in the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps Birthday and Birthday Ball is no exception.  Read all about the history in this week's newsletter.

Sponsor a Wounded Hero
Learn how you can contribute to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball being held for the Marines in the Wounded Warrior Barracks in San Diego this November 17. Scroll below to read more.
Marine Corps Birthday History

"Happy Birthday Marine"   

All-States ChallengeThe Marine Corps Birthday is one of the most celebrated traditions of the Corps. Each year on November 10th, Marines across the globe celebrate what they see as their second birthday, the day the United States Marine Corps was born.  


Today's Marines will often attend a Marine Corps Birthday Ball somewhere around the globe, depending on where they are stationed.    Click here to learn more...

From Our Commandant

Annual Birthday Message  

EGA Store IconEach year, the Commandant of the Marine Corps sends a Marine Corps Birthday message to Marines around the globe. Today's technology makes this fast and easy, and the birthday message can be shared with family members as well.  Click here to watch the Commandant's Birthday video, 2011.
The Wounded Heroes Birthday Ball

Sponsor a Wounded Marine in San Diego  

We want to raise $6500 toward the 2011 Marine Corps Birthday Ball for wounded Marines from the San Diego Wounded Warrior Barracks. Last year, we raised $9600. This year, the tickets are $65 each and we would like to raise enough funds to send 100 Marines to the ball on November 17. Click here to donate... 


Your donations is made to, an IRS approved 501(c)(3) eligible to receive tax deductible donations.


To learn more about this year's Marine Corps Ball for our Purple Heart heroes, click here.

The Tun Tavern

Birthplace of the Marine Corps 


All-States ChallengeDuring the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps.


A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore.


The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775, officially forming the Continental Marines.

As the first order of business, Samuel Nicholas became Commandant of the newly formed Marines. Tun Tavern's owner and popular patriot, Robert Mullan, became his first captain and recruiter. They began gathering support and were ready for action by early 1776.  Click here to read more... 


Challenge Coins

Collector's Items and Family Keepsakes 

All-States ChallengeAmong the Marine Corps' many traditions is the carrying of the challenge coin, and it is rooted in history dating back to World War I.


Today, service members possess many medallions, or challenge coins, bearing their organization's insignia. These coins are often presented by high-ranking officers for a job well done, which is a great honor. They are also sometimes traded between men in a unit.  Click here to learn more... 

The Commandant and Sgt Major
All-States ChallengeMeet the Top Marines  
The Commandant of the Marine Corps commands the United States Marine Corps and is the senior officer of the United States Marine Corps. The Commandant is not necessarily the highest-ranking officer in the Marine Corps, but holding the position of Commandant makes him senior to all other officers regardless of rank.

All-States ChallengeThe Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is selected by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the Commandant. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is revered as the most outstanding, unparalleled enlisted Marine.

Click here to learn more about each... 

Share the Marine Corps Birthday
All-States ChallengeMarine Family Network 
See what other family members and their Marines are doing for the Marine Corps Birthday this year. Light a candle, share a wish, and talk to other family members on Marine Family Network in the Birthday 2011 group. Click here for a place to connect and share
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