ARLINGTON COUNTY, Va. (NEXSTAR/BRPROUD) — One day before Veterans Day, the U.S. Marine Corps is celebrating its 245th birthday.
“November 10, 2020 will mark the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Dating back to 1775, just eight months prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Second Continental Congress established the Continental Marines,” the military branch said in a courtesy story.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s official birthday celebration did not include a large gathering. Instead, the Corps developed a virtual ceremony that included a special cake-cutting.
The Marines were established in 1775 to provide security and support for the Continental Navy, but they, like the Navy, were disbanded by Congress after the Revolutionary War ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
The Marines were recreated 15 years later on July 11, 1798, when Congress ordered their reestablishment. The Corps would go on to operate under the Secretary of the Navy and serve in addition to the Army and Navy.
In a birthday message Tuesday, the Marines said, “Wherever you find yourself this November 10th, be sure to wish the Marines you know a Happy 245th Birthday!”