241 years of service: Happy birthday, Marines!

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FILE – In this Feb. 23, 1945 file photo, U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima. Strategically located 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal, […]

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – ‘Once a Marine, always a Marine.’ That’s what many members of the elite branch of Armed Forces will tell you, even decades after they serve.

Each year, Marines celebrate hundreds of years of service and an unmistakable culture of tradition, values and honor. The United States Marine Corps has been an integral part of our nation’s defense since its creation by the Continental Congress in 1775, with its hand in every single national conflict from the Revolutionary war to the Global War on Terror.

The Continental Congress approved a resolution forming what would become today’s U.S. Marine Corps November 10, 1775. They wanted two battalions of Marines to be able to fight for independence both at sea and on shore.To this day Marines are still fighting for our American freedoms on both land and sea. They serve all over the U.S., aboard U.S. Navy Ships, and at deployed stations around the world as the nation’s first line of defense.

Marines have displayed their strength in the face of danger since day one. From their first land battle victory on the shores of Tripoli, to the iconic Battle of Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines carry on a legacy unlike any other.

Happy Birthday, Marines!

You can learn a lot more about the history of the United States Marine Corps, and the sacrifices made by Marines in service to our country, by visiting marines.com.

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