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Marines celebrate 237th birthday

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It's a special time for Marines at Parris Island and those serving throughout the world.

In celebration of the Marine Corps' 237th birthday, the depot held their annual Birthday Pageant, featuring many different Marine uniforms throughout their long history dating back to 1775.

As part of the traditional ceremony, the commanding general cut the birthday cake, giving the first piece to the oldest Marine in attendance, Retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Earnest Anderson, 90, and then to the youngest Marine, Lance Cpl. Octavia Davis, 18.

"It's showing how the Marine Corps carries a tradition and the importance of Marines just coming together and celebrating everything the Marines have done for 237 years," said Davis.

"It's like your own birthday party almost. It's something major in your life," said Anderson.

It's a meaningful occasion that's special not only for Marines currently serving but those who have served in the past.

"It's the honor, courage and commitment that we've been brought up in the Marine Corps and most importantly with all the Marines it's a tradition," said Sgt. Maj. Kevin Williamson. "We always look back. We don't just focus on ourselves, you look at the Marine Corps and everything we stand for as a service.

Marines on Parris Island will be wrapping up their birthday celebration with a special Marine Corps Birthday Ball this weekend.

The Marine Corps Birthday is officially on Nov. 10.

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