235th Marine Corps Birthday Ball (2010)
The 235th Marine Corps Birthday Ball was held November 13, 2010, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia.
Guest Speaker was John Valentin Col. USMC (RET) Please click here for Col. Valentin's bio.
235th Marine Corps Birthday Ball Photos
United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball
The United States Marine Corps Birthday is celebrated every year in November with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony.
The official birthday of the United States Marine Corps, on November 10, 1775, was when the Second Continental Congress decreed:
"That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines."
Tun Tavern, in Philadelphia, is regarded as the birthplace of the Corps as the location of the first Marines to enlist under Commandant Samuel Nicholas, though it is disputed if a recruiting drive may have occurred earlier at Nicholas's family tavern, the Conestoga Waggon [sic]. When the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, the Continental Navy was disestablished, and with it, the Continental Marines. The Corps was re-established on 11 July 1798, when the "act for establishing and organizing a Marine Corps" was signed by President John Adams.
The first formal ball was celebrated in 1925, though no records exist that indicate the proceedings of that event. Birthday celebrations would take varied forms, most included dances, though some accounts include mock battles, musical performances, pageants, and sporting events.
234th Marine Corps Birthday Ball (2009)