Today is a very special day for myself and all Marines. On November 10, 1775 at Tun’s Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania a committee of the Continental Congress gathered and formed the Marine Corps. Samuel Nicholas became Commandant of the newly formed Marines and Tun Tavern’s owner, Robert Mullan, became his first captain and recruiter.
In 1921, the Marine Corps 13th Commandant, Gen. John A. Lejeune, issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921. Lejeune’s order summarized the history, mission and tradition of the Corps. It also directed that the order be read to all Marines on 10 November each year to honor the founding of the Marine Corps.
In 1925, the first “formal” Birthday Ball took place in Philadelphia. Over the years the annual Birthday Ball grew and grew, taking on a life of its own. Like the U.S. Marine Corps itself, the annual Birthday Ball has evolved from simple origins to the polished and professional functions of today. Nonetheless, one thing remains constant, the tenth day of November! This unique holiday for warriors is a day of camaraderie, a day to honor Corps and Country. Throughout the world on 10 November, U.S. Marines celebrate the birth of their Corps.