Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered remarks at the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. Senator Collins was invited to speak at the event as the Guest of Honor. In this role, as per Marine Corps tradition, Senator Collins was presented with the first piece of the ceremonial cake, with the second and third pieces going to the oldest and youngest Marine in attendance, sequentially.
“I was deeply grateful for the privilege of speaking at the 248th Marine Corps Birthday Celebration, and I extend my sincere thanks to the Marine Corps for this meaningful invitation,” said Senator Collins. “The traditions upheld by this esteemed service branch reflect the discipline and commitment that have defined the Marine Corps for nearly two and a half centuries. It was an inspiring occasion, reminding us of the Corps' rich history and the indomitable spirit of those who proudly wear the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor.”
“Born” on November 10th, 1775, the Marine Corps celebrated 248 years last Friday. Each year, numerous Marine Corps birthday celebrations are held around the world. Each event varies based upon the location, but they all include the same core elements: the Commandant’s birthday message, the presentation of the cake, remarks by the top Marine in attendance and the Guest of Honor, and the formal cake cutting ceremony. This time-honored tradition serves as an annual opportunity for each Marine to be reminded of the storied history of the Corps, to remember why they chose to serve in the present day, and to look forward to the future of the Marine Corps.
Also in attendance at the event were Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps General Christopher Mahoney, Lieutenant Generals Ted Banta, David Bellon, and Gregg Olson, Sergeant Major Carlos Ruiz, the Silent Drill Team of Marine Barracks Washington, and Chesty the Bulldog – the 16th Mascot of the Marine Corps.