Marines celebrate 237th birthday

Marines celebrate 237th birthdayIn honor of the U.S. Marine Corps’ 237 birthday the Marine Aviation Detachment at China Lake enjoyed a special celebration with the community on Nov. 8 outside Ridgecrest’s City Hall. Following that celebration, approximately 250 active duty and retired Marines attended the Marine Corps Birthday Ball at Kerr McGee Center.

Tradition calls for Marines, regardless of location, to pause and celebrate their birthday by sharing a cake. The Marine Corps’ birthday cake-cutting ceremony represents an annual renewal of each Marine’s commitment to the corps and the Marine Corps’ commitment to the nation’s quest for peace and freedom worldwide.

Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, was the guest speaker at the Birthday Ball.

“The camaraderie you share and the pride of being a Marine is tangible in this room,” said Sohl. “Tonight feels like family. You all demonstrate the same character and act on the same values as your brothers and sisters serving around the world; many of them deployed tonight and standing watch in harm’s way.”

Sohl acknowledged that Marines have been doing the same job for more than two centuries — making Marines and winning battles.

This year, the Marine Aviation Detachment at China Lake and Point Mugu turned 25 years old, and the Marine Corps, with more than 200,000 Marines serving around the world, celebrated 100 years in aviation.

Story First Published: 2012-11-21