The United States Marine Corps turns 242 years old Friday. Be sure to wish any Marine in your life a happy birthday.

Today, as we celebrate our 242nd birthday, we must remember who we are, where we came from, and why we’re here. We must remember the past, honor those who are no longer with us, focus on today’s battles, and get ready for tomorrow. We can and will prevail as we always have, in any clime and place. But we must prevail together, united by the unyielding spirit in each of us that makes our Corps unique – that willingness to put our Corps and fellow Marines ahead of ourselves. Victory in battle comes through the integrated efforts of many – teamwork. We value the sacrifices and contributions of every Marine and Sailor, as well as our family members without whose support we would not be able to accomplish our mission. And we remain committed to being our Nation’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness that sets the standard for honor, discipline, and courage. I am proud of each and every one of you. Happy Birthday, Marines!

Semper Fidelis,

Robert B. Neller

General, U.S. Marine Corps

Commandant of the Marine Corps

Even those in space are celebrating the occasion. This was shared on the US Marine Corps Twitter page.

Happy Birthday Marines from @AstroKomrade at the @Space_Station.

— U.S. Marines (@USMC) November 9, 2017

In West Michigan, the American Legion Neil E. Fronger Post celebrated the occasion on Friday night, Nov. 10. The youngest and oldest Marines cut the cake.

It is customary for Marines to say 'Happy birthday' to one another on this day.

"We do say happy birthday" said Lt. Col. Joe Rossi. "Sometimes by an email or a text or a phone call or we shake hands and say happy birthday."

"We are very fortunate," said Corp. Johnny Ortiz. "People take the time out of their day to wish us happy birthday--it feels really good. Because freedom is not free."

This American Legion Post at 2327 Wilson Ave SW will be offering veterans a free pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11.

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