University of Iowa
Marine Corps Birthday Celebration

On 10 November 1775 the second continental congress passed a resolution to raise two battalions of Marines to defend Naval vessels and conduct amphibious assaults. Since that day Marines have gathered to celebrate: Some around grandiose decorated cakes in their dress blues cutting the cake with their ceremonial non-commissioned officer sword and others in combat gear cutting their MRE chocolate muffin-top with a KABAR after a firefight.

Here at the University of Iowa we are no different. Since 2014, we celebrate the birthday of our Corps with good food, good stories and good beer. Since the birthday falls during Veteran’s Day week, veterans of all branches are welcomed to celebrate and remember and share their experiences and fallen comrades.

Each year the cake is cut with a Non-Commissioned Officer’s Sword, the oldest Marine present is given the first piece of cake, which is then turned over to the youngest Marine. This represents the exchange of experience and knowledge from the older generation to the new.


This celebration is open to the public. Please come and celebrate not just Marines but all current and former members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps. We ask that attendees wear business casual/semi-formal attire.


Up coming Events:
Marine Corps Birthday 09 Nov 2018: VFW – Iowa City, IA
Tickets on Sale for $25 each or two for $40 for a Dinner, cake, and raffle HERE