230 years....

.... last year while us USMC vets were celebrating the Birth of our Corps, many of our active duty brothers and sisters were storming the streets of Fallujah... this year too, finds them in harms way doing what Marines do... in Afghanistan and Iraq.. Malaysia and the Horn of Africa... at hundreds of United States Embassies around the world... afloat with MEUs or flying high with a MAW... in garrison at Lejeune, 29 Palms, or Okinawa... or training throughout the World... they are standing tall....

... this is always a strange week for me... with the Birthday of the Corps and Veteran's Day... every year I get blasted with the double-barrel of military service... an overwhelming pride and true sadness at the same time.... this year is no different...

... so Happy 230th Birthday, Marines.... two years ago I wrote this on my blog... and not much has changed since 1775.. well, except for the buttock pinching...

... 228 years ago today, like minded men got together in a bar in Philadelphia. The name of the joint was Tun Tavern, and the year was 1775. After much drinking, political conversation, pinching of the serving wench's buttocks, and a few bar brawls, the gentlemen present created the Marine Corps..

....and Marines around the world continue to follow in the sterling footsteps of their forbearers...

... so with that, thank you, Marines... thank you for doing what you do - and doing it so well...

... I'll cook dinner tonight just as I always do on November 10th... grilled steak and potatoes, just like always.... and just as always, my Wife will have forgotten that today is my birthday.. and then, as she puts the dressing on her salad, she will notice that the table is set for three instead of two... and she'll suddenly realize what today is... we'll talk about Warnick and Lomosad, Lou, Nico, and Miles and the rest of the crazy jarheads she met through me... and then we'll raise a toast.

... Semper Fi, my mates... may there be a Marine Corps for another 230 years!..

.. and today is the day to truly throw your money at Valour-IT... the Army and Navy have met their targets, but we have not... we may be "The Few".. but we're "The Proud" too...

Others celebrating:

A Swift Kick
Wild Thing
Holly Aho
Drunken Wisdom
Tammi's World
Doc Russia
Barbette
Laughing Wolf
Telebush
Flightpundit
Blackfive
Donald Sensing
Michelle Malkin
Right Equals Might
Brother Bob Baird

by Eric on November 10, 2005 | Bullshit (21) | TrackBack (1) | Military Stuff
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Happy Birthday, Eric!
OoRah!

Bullshitted by Barb on November 10, 2005 09:19 AM

Happy Birtday Bro... last year I got to watch everything while being in boot... this year is my first true birthday...and to think all my friends back home thought I was just 21...

Bullshitted by oakleytexas on November 10, 2005 09:33 AM

Happy Birthday my Friend! Wishing you many happy and healthy more!!

Bullshitted by Laughing Wolf on November 10, 2005 10:34 AM

Happy Birthday Eric. Enjoy the steak man. I'll be thinking about you while I am slurping down my pinto beans and cornbread.

Bullshitted by GUYK on November 10, 2005 10:58 AM

Happy Birthday, Brother!

Bullshitted by That 1 Guy on November 10, 2005 11:18 AM

A very happy birthday to you!

Bullshitted by Richmond on November 10, 2005 11:23 AM

Happy Birthday to all of our brothers and sisters in the United States Marine Corps!!

Bullshitted by MCPO Airdale on November 10, 2005 11:39 AM

Happy Birthday Brother
Semoer Fi,

Bullshitted by Michael on November 10, 2005 01:42 PM

Have a fabulous birthday....we are glad you squalled screaming into the world however many years ago today. Did you get spanked on the butt then too?

Bullshitted by Sine.Qua.Non on November 10, 2005 02:46 PM

Happy Birthday, Eric.

Bullshitted by Bou on November 10, 2005 03:33 PM

Happy Birthday, and thank you.

Bullshitted by armywifetoddlermom on November 10, 2005 03:58 PM

Hey, some of those beers better have been hoisted in my direction, cuz they mighty hard to come by in Iraqistan!

Semper Fi!

Bullshitted by Mike the Marine on November 10, 2005 06:01 PM

happy birthday sweetie

Bullshitted by k on November 10, 2005 06:15 PM

Happy Birthday, sir. Was thinking about you today at the cake-cutting this morning.

Bullshitted by RSM on November 10, 2005 06:17 PM

Happy Birthday, SWG! And thank you.

Bullshitted by MaryAnn on November 10, 2005 06:35 PM

Eric: Check out this link on The Marine Corp

Happy B'Day, my friend!

Bullshitted by Madfish Willie on November 10, 2005 06:53 PM

Semper Fi.

Happy Birthday.

Bullshitted by the Humble Devildog on November 10, 2005 07:05 PM

Happy double birthday, bro. Rock on.

Bullshitted by catzmeow on November 10, 2005 09:54 PM

Happy Birthday to the Corps and Eric.

I've been out for 15 of those years. Wow.

Bullshitted by Steve on November 11, 2005 12:07 AM

Happy burfday dude. Don't drink outta the mug-jug!

Bullshitted by Ironnerd on November 11, 2005 12:45 AM

*raises glass*

Bullshitted by Harvey on November 12, 2005 12:27 PM