Photo by Jose F. Gonzalez

Headquarters and Service Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall cut the cake at the Marine Corps Birthday ceremony Nov. 10 in Smith Fitness Center on Henderson Hall.

Marines celebrate 245th birthday

On Nov. 10, Marines celebrated the history and traditions of the Marine Corps. This year’s festivities took a turn, but as expected, there was no challenge too large for the Corps.

Although COVID-19 has created uncertainties on how this year’s birthday would be celebrated, it has not stopped the Marines on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall from celebrating the 245th Marine Corps’ birthday.
Marines on Henderson Hall participated in the traditional Commandant of the Marine Corps Birthday Relay Nov. 6. The commandant of the Marine Corps birthday run is a tradition for the Marines on Henderson Hall and the throughout the Marine Corps. In a small formation, the Marines ran from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall to the Marine Corps War Memorial where Gen. David Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj Aaron Black shared some motivation with the Marines.

The celebration continued with a cake cutting ceremony Nov. 10, one of the most time-honored traditions that remains unchanged. It is customary at Marine Corps’ birthday celebrations worldwide to cut a traditional cake in celebration of the birth of its illustrious Corps. It also symbolizes the commitment the Marines have to the nation’s quest for peace and freedom worldwide.