PARRIS ISLAND (WTOC) - The Parris Island Recruit Depot held a special ceremony to celebrate the military branch's 240th birthday on Wednesday.
Marines reenacted parts of the Marine Corps history by wearing uniforms dating back to the 1700's. The general cut a piece of cake to give to the oldest and youngest active duty Marines to symbolize the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next.
"It's great to look at our legacy to know where we've been, so that we know where we are going. It's a great honor and privilege to do this today. We don't do it for glory, we do it because we have to; because we need to. Someone has to do it to protect our nation," said Chief Steve Giove, Parris Island.
The birthday celebration isn't over yet. Parris Island will host its annual Marine Corps birthday ball next week.