U.S. Marines Celebrate 237th Birthday
11/10/2012 (Updated 11:25:20 PM)They've been protecting our freedoms both here and abroad for years but Saturday night was a time for celebration as the U.S. Marine Corps turned 237 years old.
The birthday celebration took place at the Relief Pitcher on Conklin Avenue in Binghamton. Veterans from all branches of service were invited to attend. Guests were treated to a dinner and live entertainment. There was also a ceremonial cutting of the cake with a sword by the oldest Marine.
"It's a day we remember all of our comrades. It's hard to explain how you feel, but once a Marine, always a Marine." said Fred Kelley, Adjutant for John W. Thurston Marine Corps League.
"The biggest thing most Marines miss is the camaraderie. What we do is celebrate the camaraderie, the brotherhood of Marines." said Casey Rosenberger, Sgt. at Arms for John W. Thurston Marine Corps League.
Broome County Executive Debbie Preston was also on hand for the celebration.
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