Today, November 10, the United States Marine Corps celebrates its 234th birthday, and social media is commemorating the historic date.
The official Marines Twitter account @MarinesCorpNews tweeted this morning in honor of the day, "Happy birthday to all #Marines ... past, present and coast to coast." On Facebook, the official Marines page wrote, "To Marines past and present - Happy 234th Birthday. Semper Fidelis."
This branch of the military has a rich history, dating back to its founding on Nov. 10, 1775, discussed here by Marines.com:
During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps.
A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore.
The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775, officially forming the Continental Marines.
An official ball will be held 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., outside Washington, D.C.
An official video commemorating the 234th birthday has appeared on the Marines' Web site as well as YouTube. WATCH IT HERE: