Honoring the few

The Second Continental Congress founded the Marine Corps on November 10, 1775, 229 years ago today. If there is an American institution that has done more good than the Corps, I can’t think of it offhand. Today in Fallujah it writes new chapters in its continuing story of honor, courage and sacrifice. In the New York Post William McGurn tells the exemplary story of one Marine, fallen in Iraq, and of his mother: “Fortunate Son.”
General M.W. Hagee is the Commandant of the Marine Corps. He has issued the following birthday message:

Two hundred and twenty-nine years ago, the Second Continental Congress established a Corps of Marines to fight for a democratic people’s independence. Since then countless Marines have raised their hand and sworn to defend our Nation’s freedoms and preserve its liberties. This year’s anniversary again finds Marines engaged throughout the globe for the same noble purposes. The bravery, heroism and selflessness of all Marines


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