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11/10/04

Marine Corps Turns 229

Marines in the Low Country and across the globe are celebrating the Corps' 229th birthday. Today on Parris Island, Marines and recruits came together for a special ceremony.

As part of the special day, Marines showcased their role in our nation's defense with a parade of uniforms from the past, dating back to November 10,1775, the day the Corps started. For all Marines, this is a time to reflect upon the traditions that have made the Corps what it is today.

"The world changes, the environment changes, all those things change but one thing that is constant is how we feel about the Corps," said Col. John Valentin. "One thing that's always constant is the business of discipline, that's constant. It was here 229 years ago and it will be here 229 years from today."

As part of today's celebration--a Marine Corps tradition--the oldest Marine at the base is given a piece of cake and then passes it down to the youngest.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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