Semper Fi!

When: November 10th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Learn about the rich history of the United States Marine Corps.  Plan a trip to Washington D.C. in the summer to watch the marvelous silent drill team perform.


70,000 U.S. Marines were a part of the battle of Iwo Jima ( a volcanic Japanese island ).  After 36 days of fighting at the battle of Iwo Jima, nearly 7,000 U.S. Marines were killed. 


On November 10th 2020 the USMC which stands for the United States Marine Corps turned 245 years old.  The honorable organization serves as the maritime land force service branch of the United States Armed Forces.  Primarily conducting expeditionary and amphibious operations, the U.S. Marine Corps is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States.

Since 1834 the United States Marine Corps has been a part of the the U.S. Department of the Navy along side the U.S. Navy. The USMC operates on land and aboard sea-going amphibious warfare ships around the world conduction amphibious missions.  The Marines'  also have tactical aviation squadrons, that are among other places located aboard Navy carriers an ensure optimal combat readiness.

The Marine Corps started out as two battalions of Continental Marines on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia as a group of infantry troops that were able to fight both on land and sea. The power of the Marine Corps was on full display during World War II when the Corps took charge in a large scale campaign of amphibious warfare, taking over island after island.  The U.S. has approximately 250,000 active and reserve Marine Corps troops today.

Interesting Facts

  1. The motto of the United States Marines, Semper fidelis is a Latin phrase that means "always faithful" or "always loyal".
  2. Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP),  includes a variety of martial arts, including Taekwondo, and Brazilian Jiu-jutsu.
  3. Although mighty, the USMC is the smallest branch of U.S. Armed Forces
  4. The Marines have 3 operating forces. The Marine Corps Forces; the Fleet Marine Forces; and the Security Guard detachments for American embassies.
  5. The USMC also has 3 primary responsibilities 1. Seizure or defense of naval bases and land operations in support of naval campaigns; the development of tactics and equipment to conduct amphibious landings; and any other duties as directed by the President or Department of Defense.


  • November 10th
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