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Happy 241st Birthday U.S. Marines

This month U.S. Marines from around the country head to National Harbor, MD for the annual Commandant’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball. SureID is a proud platinum sponsor of this annual event, rich with history and tradition.

Formal commemoration of the birthday of the Marine Corps began on 10 November 1921.  A few weeks prior to that date, Maj Edwin McClellan  sent a memorandum to Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune, suggesting that the original birthday on 10 November 1775 be declared a Marine Corps holiday to be celebrated throughout the Corps.  On that day the Second Continental Congress resolved in 1775 to raise two battalions of Continental Marines.

Brief Facts About the Ball

We wanted to share some of the interesting facts about the history of the ball:

  • Before 1921, the Marines’ birthday was celebrated in July, marking the date when President John Adams approved a bill that recreated the Corps.
  • The first official birthday ball was likely held in 1925 in Philadelphia, but no records have been located prior to 1925.
  • The ball has included an official cake ceremony since 1952. Typically, the oldest Marine in attendance gets the first piece of cake, while the youngest gets the last.

SureID Supports the Corps

SureID recently expanded its flagship RAPIDGate® program to all 24 Marine Corps Installations across the United States. The RAPIDGate program handles screening and credentialing for installation access while reducing unproductive wait times to get on base. Since the expansion, thousands of companies have enrolled in the high-assurance identity management program. To learn more about the RAPIDGate program, click here.

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