234th Marine Corps Birtdhay Message Video

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“This 10 November I’ll fill my canteen cup to say a toast with you.
The finest bunch of men, and women a man could ever hope to know.
Many years ago I huddled with my men in the sleet and rain.
A grand event I’m at this year, Medals and Dress Blues.

It doesn’t matter where you are, as long you celebrate and remember.
Remember the Marines who paved the way, the ones who paid the price.
Remember the Marines who covered your six, you never thought to look.
Remember the Marines at the Tip of the Spear, they’ve got our back this night.

I raise my cup and take a drink in honor of my fellow Marines this night.
Our Corps is in great health because of Marines like you!”

- General James T. Conway,
Commandant of the Marine Corps



Watch the Commandant of the Marine Corps General James T. Conway 234th Birthday Message

234th Marine Corps Birthday Message from the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE – 10 NOVEMBER 2009
Date Signed: 10/5/2009

ALMAR Active Number: 033/09
R 051329Z OCT 09
UNCLASSIFIED//
ALMAR 033/09
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE – 10 NOVEMBER 2009// GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. UNITED STATES MARINES REPRESENT THE BEST YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OUR NATION HAS TO OFFER. TO BE A MARINE IS TO BE A MEMBER OF AMERICA’S WARRIOR CLASS – TO BE ONE OF THE FEW WHO STEPS FORWARD WITH THE COURAGE AND CONVICTION TO FACE WHATEVER DANGERS AWAIT. OUR NATION EXPECTS HER MARINES TO BE READY WHEN THE NATION CALLS; TO LEAVE FAMILY AND THE COMFORTS OF HOME BEHIND; TO MARCH INTO BATTLE AND THRIVE UNDER AUSTERITY; AND TO COME HOME UNDER A VICTORY PENNANT.

2. FROM AL ANBAR IN THE WEST OF IRAQ, TO HELMAND PROVINCE IN THE SOUTH OF AFGHANISTAN, OUR CORPS OF MARINES CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO BE FOUND WHERE THE FIGHT IS TOUGHEST. SUCH IS OUR HISTORY. TODAY, AS WE WRITE THE FINAL CHAPTER ON OUR VICTORY IN IRAQ, WE WILL INCREASINGLY TAKE THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY IN AFGHANISTAN AND ADD NEW PAGES TO OUR LEGACY IN PLACES CALLED DELARAM, NOW ZAD, AND GARMSIR. ONE DAY, WE WILL RETURN TO OUR NAVAL HERITAGE AND PATROL THE HIGH SEAS WITH OUR NAVY BROTHERS. SUCH IS OUR FUTURE.

3. AS WE CELEBRATE OUR CORPS’ 234TH BIRTHDAY, WE FIRST PAUSE TO REFLECT AND PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE MARINES WHO HAVE GIVEN THE LAST FULL MEASURE IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM. WE EXTEND OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO OUR MARINE CORPS FAMILIES – THE UNSUNG HEROES WHO ENDURE HARDSHIP AND SACRIFICE SO THAT WE ARE ABLE TO GO FORWARD AND ACCOMPLISH ANY MISSION. WE EXTEND OUR APPRECIATION TO OUR COUNTRYMEN WHO HAVE ANSWERED OUR EVERY NEED. AND WE CELEBRATE THE MAGNIFICENT MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILLINGLY AND SELFLESSLY CONTINUE TO GO INTO HARM’S WAY TO PROTECT THIS GREAT NATION.

4. TO ALL WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE, TO THOSE WHO WEAR THE UNIFORM TODAY, AND TO THE FAMILIES THAT GIVE US THE STRENGTH TO FORGE AHEAD – I WISH YOU ALL A HEARTFELT HAPPY 234TH BIRTHDAY!

5. SEMPER FIDELIS! JAMES T. CONWAY, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS//

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  1. Glenn "Doc" Tannahill says:

    Sir, 22Oct09
    Thank you for this site. We are having the 234th Birthday Ball in Camden, NY and my job is to make sure the Marines have a great birthday. I am the 1st Vice an Marine Corps League LZ Old Corps 999. The video attached is great and I will find a way to play it for coctail hour.

    I have been serving with the Marine Corps for 17 years as a Navy Corpsman and it is my honor to be associated with the Marine Corps.

    Happy Birthday on 10Nov09.

    Semper Fidelis
    Doc Tannahill

    “Here is health to you and to our Corps,
    which we are proud to serve”

  2. Sgt Ortiz says:

    Good Afternoon,

    This is an awesome and very helpful site. Can someone tell me how to download this video so we can play it at our 234th Marine Corps Ball? Semper Fidelis.

  3. Sacramento Marines says:

    You can download this video from its original source (www.Marines.mil):
    http://www.marines.mil/usmc/Pages/2009MarineCorpsBirthdayBall.aspx

    You can also download it from the newly added link on this page. Look for the square gray area with title ‘Download Video

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