MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- This year marks the Marine Corps' 227th year of existence since a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress on Nov. 10, 1775.
To celebrate this proud day for Marines, employees, Marines and family members at Marine Corps Logistics Bases Albany gathered at Crouch Field here to watch a cake cutting ceremony.
The ceremony was held during the halftime of the MCLB Albany Base Tackle Football League Championship game.
To fulfill the will of the Corps' 13th Commandant, Gen. John A. Lejeune, an inspiring message from him, as reprinted in Article 138, U.S. Marine Corps Manual Edition 1921, was read.
Along with Lejeune's motivating words, a message from Gen. James L. Jones, current Commandant of the Marine Corps, was also read. In his message, Jones "encourages all Marines to celebrate the camaraderie, enrichment, and fulfillment of service with men and women subordinated to a greater cause."
In keeping with the traditions of past Marine Corps birthday celebrations, Brig. Gen. Richard S. Kramlich, commander, Marine Corps Logistics Bases, presented the oldest and youngest Albany Marines with the first pieces of cake.
The first piece of cake was handed to the oldest Marine present, Chief Warrant Officer Eduardo A. Foster, LogBases operations officer, who is 53 years old.
Foster 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.
Foster 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 ceremony was proof that today's Marines still take pride in the Corps' past achievements and proudly carryon the traditions that have been set by those who went before them.