Gen. David H. Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, lead a formation run of more than 300 Marines on the Marine Corps’ 244th birthday Nov. 5.

Commandant, sergeant major of Marine Corps kickoff birthday, celebrate 244 years of tradition

On Nov. 5, the Marine Corps began its weeklong festivities, which lead up to the celebration of its 244th birthday.

The celebration began with a motivational run, which began on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall alongside Arlington National Cemetery and ended at the Iwo Jima War Memorial, where more than 300 Marines from Headquarters and Service Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall joined the Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David H. Berger and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Troy E. Black.

The sergeant major emphasized the role the Marine Corps had in history and in current times; he also discussed how each Marine, overseas and in past times, attributed to the overall success of the Corps.

“Most significantly running alongside the Arlington (National) Cemetery, taking time to remember those who have led the way and those who are forgotten; today we run in their honor,” said Black.

The run ended with a few words from both parties and a loud “war cry” that echoed throughout the base.

By Marisol Rivera

Henderson Hall Public Affairs Office