Thursday, November 10, 2016

Happy 241st Birthday to the United States Marine Corps

"On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned Samuel Nicholas to raise two Battalions of Marines. That very day, Nicholas set up shop in Tun Tavern (in Philadelphia). He appointed Robert Mullan, then the proprietor of the tavern, to the job of chief Marine Recruiter -- serving, of course, from his place of business at Tun Tavern. Prospective recruits flocked to the tavern, lured by (1) cold beer and (2) the opportunity to serve in the new Corps of Marines." 

Since those earliest days when the "Continental Marines" fought for our country's independence at sea and on shore, the United States Marine Corps has responded to conflicts around the world, participating in combat operations and humanitarian relief efforts by air, land, and sea. Mandated by Congress to be our county's rapid response force, the United State Marine Corps has proudly served our country for 241 years. From the shores of Tripoli to Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima, Korea, the jungles of Vietnam, the mountains of Afghanistan, the Iraqi desert, and all the operations in-between, Marines from all walks of life have defended our nation.

Each year on November 10th, Marines around the world live up to the motto "Semper Fidelis" (Always Faithful) as they celebrate the birth of the Corps. Whether attending a formal Marine Corps Ball or a small informal gathering, or even with just a phone call or a handshake, those who share the bond of being one of "The Few. The Proud." proudly honor the values, traditions, and history of the Corps on this day.

For many years Bob Parsons, entrepreneur, philanthropist, Marine, and Founder and former CEO of GoDaddy has shared a special video honoring the United States Marine Corps.

As part of this annual birthday tribute, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, with support from GoDaddy, is partnering with the Semper Fi Fund ( to raise money to help critically ill and injured members of all of the United States Armed Forces and their families. This matching campaign, Double Down for Veterans, has the potential to raise $20 million for wounded, critically ill and injured veterans. It is one of the largest matching campaigns in the history of veteran nonprofits. Through December 31, 2016, up to $10 million in donations will be matched, dollar-for-dollar.

This year's video salute to "Mother Green" can be found at the following sites:

On a personal note...

Love and thanks to my husband and his Marine Corps brothers for their dedication and service, and heartfelt thanks to all who have served or are currently serving.


Today and always we remember with deep love and affection our dear friend, Bob "Heavy" Petrella, who was a USMC Captain during the Vietnam War and was a recipient of 2 Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for Valor.


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