0.9 min readBy Published On: October 9th, 2011Categories: Features2 Comments on Marine Corps Birthday

Happy Birthday Marine Corps!

Thursday, November 10th marks the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps!  Locally, the big celebration takes place at the Convention Center with a big Marine Corps luncheon from 12-3pm.  We guarantee there will be plenty of good-looking Marines walking up and down Summer Street on Thursday.  If you know a Marine, make sure to wish them a Happy Birthday and give ’em a thank you too!







A brief history of this celebration:

  • In 1921, Commandant, Gen.John A. Lejeune issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921.   This order summarized the history, mission and tradition of the Corps. 
  • The first “formal” Birthday Ball took place in Philadelphia in 1925 at the Benjamin Franklin Hotel.

Semper Fi
For a Marine, Semper Fi is More than a motto it’s a way of life. Latin for “always faithful,” Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps tag line in 1883.  It reminds Marines to always be faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps, and to the US of A, no matter what.


Happy Birthday!


  1. Kevin Conroy November 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    The proper term is OORAH!  That other stuff is Army speak.  It's my understanding that it is derived from the Turkish word or term for KILL!  I have read that in a couple of places over the years.  Nice article.  Keep up the good work!  OORAH!

  2. Maureen Dahill November 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    We at Caughth in Southie apologize to Marines everwhere for making the terrible mistake of mixing up OORAH for Hoo Rah!  So sorry!  OORAH!!!

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