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November 10, 2004
Happy Birthday, USMC!

Today is the 229th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Our brave men and women have guarded this nation since before it officially existed and have been the vanguard of American power and service to the world. Few are foolish enough to doubt their courage, their intrepidity, and their determination, and for those a quick introduction to any Marine past or present suffices to educate them. I am honored to have Marines as friends and family, including one uncle on my mother's side who fought in Viet Nam, and my father-in-law, a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea who is now deceased -- but still a Marine.

Through the centuries, the Coprs (and all of our armed forces) have distinguished themselves with their honor, courage, and dedication to this nation and the pursuit of freedom and liberty nationwide. Congratulations, Marines! In your honor, I'm posting the Marines' Hymn, which are the lyrics to their instantly-recognizable march:

From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.

Our Flag's unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in every clime and place, where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job, the United States Marines.

Here's health to you and to our Corps, which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we've fought for life and never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's scenes,
they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.

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