(By Deborah A. Culp)
On November 10, 1775, the Marines were born into existence. We’ve all heard the commercials: “the warriors. It’s been said that you can tell a Marine, in uniform or not. The way they walk, hold their heads up high and the firm discipline looms overhead like a protective invisible cloud.
Their symbol is an Eagle, Globe and Anchor.A Marine close to home once told me that it means: “we protect our home, the United States from all enemies domestic or foreign, by air, land or sea.” Hence the eagle globe and anchor symbol, forever. Few, the proud….the Marines!” There is no argument that this group of elite, highly trained and skilled warriors are the first in and the last out in battle and heaven knows that we are grateful for their presence.
On November 18, 2011, on the world’s largest Marine Corps Base, the Regiment of Retired Marines held their annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball. 236 years of service to the United States and other countries as well.
This year’s them was “A Tradition of Service.” Retired Marines SgtMaj Michael Cline and SgtMaj Brian Pensak hosted the Black tie affair. An unforgettable event that will be talked about until next year’s gala.
Delivering the keynote address this year was SgtMaj Bryan Battaglia. He is the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Also the Senior non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Armed Forces. In this role he serves as the principle military advisor to the Chairman and the Secretary of Defense on all matters involving joint and combined total force integration, utilization, health of the force and joint development for enlisted personnel.
Music for the blast was provided by the legendary “Conductors”, the well organized program consisted of the Social Hour, Dinner, and the entrance of the Guest of Honor: SgtMaj Battaglia. The March on Colors, the National Anthem, Posting of the Colors, a March on the 236th Birthday Cake followed by General LeJeune’s Message, the (Marine) Commandant’s Message, and the introduction of the guest of honor.
Next came the Guest of Honor’s remarks, the traditional cake cutting, the March off and Regimental Business which included presenting several Ret. Marines with a much deserved Medal of Honor. The remainder of the evening consisted of dancing and watching the “Conductors” perform, a treat indeed! For more information about the Marines, please see: http://www.marines.com