Marine Corps Birthday in Iraq

Marine Corps Birthday in Iraq

Thought my Marine brothers might enjoy these photos and accompanying sentiments from an Air Force major. This is a wonderful way for the Marine Corps to celebrate their birthday.

Last Wednesday, the Marine Corps celebrated their 229th birthday. Now, when you’ve been a Service for 229 years, you have some strong traditions. A ceremony was held in the palace rotunda…a lot of pomp and circumstance; including a band and men’s choir. I bleed Air Force blue, but I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t a little envious of the traditions of the Corps. It was a great ceremony…with a lot of emotion given that the Marines were fully engaged in Fallujah at the time. I have attached several photos from the ceremony. Sorry that they are blurry, but pictures just don’t turn out that well in the palace…I think it’s something to do with the reflection that comes from the marble and the lighting.

M. P. DAHLSTROM, Maj, USAF

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