Marine Corps birthday

Members of the Harford Detachment of the Marine Corps League turned out early Thursday morning in Bel Air for a brief flag raising ceremony at the Harford County government administration building in Bel Air. They hold a Marine Corps flag to honor Thursday's 236th birthday of the Marine Corps. Joining the group was county Director of Administration Mary Chance, second from right. (Photo courtesy of Bob Thomas, Harford, Patuxent Homestead / November 10, 2011)

Twenty members of the Harford Detachment of the Marine Corps League turned out early Thursday morning in Bel Air for a brief ceremony at the Harford County government administration building in Bel Air to observe the 236th anniversary of the Marine Corps.

The Harford Detachment of the Marine Corps League members raised the flag of the USMC outside the county building. Harford County Executive David Craig approved the special request from the local detachment of the Marine Corps League to fly the flag on the corps' anniversary.

A number of county employees, some whose family members served in the Marines, attended the special flag raising ceremony. Also attending was County Councilman James McMahan, a U.S. Army veteran.

This marked the fourth consecutive year the Harford Detachment of the Marine Corps League has been honored by Harford County government and permitted to raise the flag of the United States Marine Corps at the County Administration Building.


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Commenting on the 236th anniversary of the Marine Corps, Director of Administration Mary Chance, who attended the ceremony said: "Harford County Government is proud of the distinguished service and history of the Marine Corps and of all those who have served our great county protecting our freedoms and democracy."

The Marine Corps was officially formed during the American Revolution, when a committee of the Continental Congress drafted a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines to be able to fight for independence at sea or on shore. The resolution was approved on Nov. 10, 1775 which officially formed the Continental Marines.

Each year, the Marine Corps League observes Nov. 10 with a celebration of the brave men and women who have defended our nation as United States Marines.