On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that "two Battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.
Since then, Marines have participated in all the wars of the United States, and in most cases were the first service members to fight. To date, Marines have executed more than 300 landings on foreign shores.
Today, there are more than 200,000 active-duty and reserve Marines, organized into three divisions stationed at Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton and Okinawa, Japan.
The images above were captured in Washington D.C. during our Regional Conference held in Virginia. We booked the "Monuments at Night" trolley bus tour which included a stop at this memorial.
Thank you to all Marines, living and deceased, for your contributions to our safety. Be sure to ask about military benefits when planning a vacation. For example, many cruise lines offer special pricing or onboard credits to past and present active military personnel.