We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Although the title of this video says it is the Marine Corps Hymn as you've never heard it before, I think you'll find that you have heard it, as has our nation, for 235 years. Times may change, but Always Faithful doesn't. Today's anniversary means something to me and my brothers who share that bond. It is the tightest fraternity. For today's Marines, who no longer have to suffer "in the Old Corps" stories from their elders in the fraternity, it is recognition they are the best yet.
Happy Birthday, Brother. Today at the Pentagon I'm privileged to attend two little ceremonies; the bigger ones we leave to the bigwigs. Sadly, I'm the oldest Marine present at both--something that begins this year to look perpetual.
Not bad for a bunch of drunks that got together in a bar.....
From Tam at The View From the Porch blog: On this date in 1775, the first guy to sign on the dotted line in Tun Tavern in Philadelphia turned, looked at the second guy in line, and said "Things were different in the old Corps!"
I have a request, dear Maggiesfarmers... In honor of the Marines' birthday, could you prevail upon your own private Marine, Bruce Kesler, to submit a photograph of himself in full dress Marine uniform? There is no more beautiful uniform, in my opinion, than the Marine dress uniform, choker collar and all. And Bruce is a handsome guy, and worthy of representing the splendid Corps. So please coax him to comply. Please?
File under somewhat related: A couple of non-Marine friends and me were discussing different things and as most discussions of "who did you serve with" go, it wandered into bragging rights. One of my friends, Army Special Forces (Green Beret), asked me "really, what's the difference between Army infantry and the Marine Corps?"
And in a fit of inspiration, I said "We don't wear funny looking berets." :>)