U.S. Marine Corps turns 244 this year


(CNN) — The Few. The Proud. The Marines.

We all know the slogan.

ARLINGTON, VA – OCTOBER 24: A member of the Marine Corps honor guard holds an American flag during bural services for Sgt. Justin Walsh, United States Marine Corps, at Arlington National Cemetery October 24, 2006 in Arlington, Virginia. Sgt. Walsh, from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was wounded while defusing a bomb in Iraq and later died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. More U.S. troops have died in Iraq in October than in any other month of the year. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day, also marks another special day for service members.

It honors the establishment of the U.S. Marine Corps.

The military branch started way back in 1775 as part of the U.S. Navy, leading up to the American Revolution.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: U.S. Marines prepare to march in the Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2017 in New York City. The largest Veterans Day event in the nation, this year’s parade features thousands of marchers, including military units, civic and youth groups, businesses and high school bands from across the country and veterans of all eras. The U.S. Air Force is this year’s featured service and the grand marshal is space pioneer Buzz Aldrin. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The recruiting headquarters was in the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia.

That’s considered the birthplace of the Marines.

CAMP COYOTE, KUWAIT – FEBRUARY 15: U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division return from a six-mile march February 15, 2003 near the Iraqi border in Kuwait. The Marines continue to prepare for a possible military strike against Iraq. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Today, Marine Corps members are proud to say they’re the first in and last out during military conflict.

If you know one, thank them for their service.

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC – FEBRUARY 22: Marines rest following a 10 kilometer training march carrying a 55 pound pack during Marine Combat Training (MCT) on February 22, 2013 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Since 1988 all non-infantry enlisted male Marines have been required to complete 29 days of basic combat skills training at MCT after graduating from boot camp. MCT has been required for all enlisted female Marines since 1997. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

You can also go to a local Marine Corps birthday celebration.

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