The U.S. Marine Corps began Nov. 10, 1775, when a committee of the Continental Congress met in a Philadelphia tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of naval infantry able to fight both at sea and on shore.
The Continental Marines made their first landing on Mar. 2, 1776, on the beaches of the Bahamas during the Battle of Nassau.
Since then the Marines have been involved in every U.S. armed conflict, with amphibious warfare especially important in World War II.
Now the Marine mandate is to be the rapid response force, “most ready when the nation is least ready.” Active Marines today number about 200,000.
To celebrate 237 years of Marine history, Forest Lake American Legion Post 225 will hold a birthday ball on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The social hour will begin at 1700 hours (5 p.m.) with a cash bar. The roast beef and turkey buffet dinner starts at 1800 hours (6 p.m.), and the ceremony at 1900 hours (7 p.m.)
This a formal dress occasion, with Marines in military dress uniform and civilians in their best attire.
Cost is $35 per person, and payment is required by Nov. 5. RSVP at 651-442-7211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.