Thursday, November 10


Today is the 230th anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps. That's not a typo.

The USMC predates the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the ratification of the United States Constitution, having been founded on November 10, 1775, by the Second Continental Congress.

Read the message from the USMC Commandant, General M.W. Hagee.

In honor of this special day and in anticipation of Veteran's Day, I urge you to read the Marine Corps Prayer and reflect on the sacrifices made by Marines to preserve our nation and its liberties:

The Marines Prayer

Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy
presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose in deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family. Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Make me considerate of those committed to my leadership. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.
If I am inclined to doubt; steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again. Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer. Amen.

FOLLOW-UP: More from Michelle Malkin on this special day.

FOLLOW-UP II: Lorie Byrd of Polipundit reprints her husband's birthday message from last year.