CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WNCT) – Marines around the world celebrated the Marine Corps’ 240th birthday on Tuesday.
Camp Lejeune held a ceremony Friday in advance of Veterans Day. The celebration included veteran and active duty Marines, many who wore historical uniforms.
They also held the cake cutting tradition of the 2015 Marine Corps birthday cake.
The oldest active Marine gets the first slice of cake and then passes it to the youngest marine on base, signifying the entirety of all those who serve.
Many folks across the east have served our country proudly as Marines and as the United States Marine Corps gets ready to turn 240 years old next week, they celebrated early Friday.
From the youngest to the oldest Marine on board the meaning goes well beyond birthday cake.
The flags flew, the trumpets played and Marines proudly marched at Camp Lejeune Friday morning as the base commemorated the 240th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.
“Every Marine Corps birthday is special to each and every individual Marine, this is who we are and what we do,” said Brigadier General Thomas Weidley.
A handful of Marines donned historical uniforms highlighting past attire worn in conflicts where Marines fought since the 1700’s.
They included those from the Civil War, World War II, Vietnam War, Desert Storm and the modern Marine’s uniform.
Weidley said the uniforms of past and present give those in attendance something to look back on and remember.
“I think the veterans in the stands and even of us who have fought in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, when you see the chocolate chip outfit it just kind of takes you back in time a little bit,” said Weidley.
And no birthday celebration would be complete without cake.
Per tradition, Marines presented the 2015 Marine Corps birthday cake in their dress blues.
The oldest active Marine received the first slice of cake and then passed it to the youngest Marine on base.
For that youngest Marine, who is just 19 years old and from Ohio, “Getting the opportunity to become one of the youngest Marines who gets to cut the cake and participate in the tradition, that within itself is a once in a lifetime chance for me and I believe it’s a great honor,” said Riley Wilson.
The Marine Corps actual birthday is November 10th but Marines in the east celebrated today due to Veteran’s Day.