Marines celebrate 227th Birthday;
By Cpl. Nicholas Tremblay
| | November 14, 2002
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- More than 100 Marines and their guests attended the MCLB Albany sergeants and below Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Albany Nov. 7.
A traditional cake cutting-ceremony kicked off the festivities. The base commander, Col. Joseph R. Wingard, presented the oldest and youngest Marines present with the first pieces of cake. The first piece of cake was handed to the oldest noncommissioned officer present, Sgt. Steven D. Kyles, S-3 training NCO here, who is 36.
Kyles then passed his piece of cake to the youngest Marine present, Lance Cpl. Adam E. Jurewich, S-6 computer repair technician here, who is 19. This signified the passing of experience, knowledge, and espirit to the Corps' younger Marines. Kyles then received his piece of cake, further signifying that senior Marines look after the needs and welfare of their junior Marines before their own.
The guest of honor for the event was Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Waltz, base sergeant major, who has served the Marine Corps for 29 years. This was his last time to celebrate the Corps' birthday as an active duty Marine.
"The Corps' birthday has always been something special to me, even more so than my own," said Waltz.
Waltz spoke to the Marines with a sense of pride as he looked around the room at the youthful faces whose turn it is to defend the nation's freedom. He spoke about the Corps' history and reminded Marines to think of those who have fought to make the Corps the great fighting force it is today. He also reminded the young Marines that the future of the Corps rests upon their shoulders.
"You must make every effort to continue to uphold the legacy of those proud forefathers of our Corps," said Waltz. "For you will be the legacy of the future."
Once the ceremony was finished, the Marines and their guests celebrated the birth of the Corps by dancing and toasting late into the night.