Our very dedicated volunteer, Michael Hall, is a retired Marine. Today, we celebrate along with him the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Did you know the impact of the War of 1812 on the Marines? Here is a bit of trivia for you!
Battle of New Orleans. Image: Library of Congress
We were created on 10 November 1775 at Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!
It was during the War of 1812 that the US Marine Corps really came into its own!
Traditions from the War of 1812:
- The quatrefoil on the top of Marine Corps officers was placed there so that Marine Sharpshooters did not shoot their own officers.
- The leather stock worn around the neck of US Marines. This was to help prevent saber slashes. Today it is part of the US Marines Dress Blue Uniform.
- The Marine Corps Barracks in Washington DC called (8th and I) and the Commandant’s house were spared by the British out of respect for the bravery shown by the Marines during the Battle of Bladensburg.
The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor
The Anchor: Acknowledges the naval tradition of the Marines. It also lets every Marine know that we do need taxi service to get to the fight! Tradition states that the Marines stole the Anchor when the Navy wasn’t looking. Proof of this can be found in the US Marine Hymn first verse:
“From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli; we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea;”
The Eagle: Represents the proud nation that we serve! Tradition states that the Marines stole the Eagle when the Army wasn’t looking. Proof of this can be found in the US Marine Hymn first verse:
“First to fight for right and freedom and to keep our honor clean.”
The Globe: Represents the world that the Good Lord gave to the US Marines to be his force on earth. Tradition states that the Marines stole the Globe when The Lord wasn’t looking. (That is what the other services would have you believe). However, we all know that The Lord gave it to the US Marines. Proof of this can be found in the US Marine Hymn third verse:
“If the Army and Navy ever look on Heaven’s scenes; they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.”