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.
Marine Corps Birthday 10 Nov. 2014: Two Dogs Pub – Iowa City, IA
Matthew Boileau: Oldest Marine PresentJordan Horton: Youngest Marine Present