Today is the 241st birthday of the US Marine Corps. Congratulations to them, and in particular to my friends who are current or former Marines.
In their honor, here's one of the more famous (and true) Marine birthday reminiscences.
On the occasion of the 1978 Marine Corps Birthday Ball at Camp LeJeune, and in the presence of several thousand Marines and their ladies, General Louis H. Wilson Jr., then Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, rose to deliver his address to the troops.
He approached the rostrum, nodded to the Base and Division Commanders and proceeded to explain to the captive masses that he would be short on words that night. He turned to his bride, took a glass, and amid dead silence he offered this toast, then promptly sat down.
LOVEThere were a few seconds of silence... and then the room exploded. It was ten minutes or more before order was restored.
The wonderful love of a beautiful maid,
the love of a staunch true man,
the love of a baby, unafraid,
have existed since time began.
But the greatest of loves,
the quintessence of loves,
even greater than that of a mother,
is the tender, passionate, infinite love
of one drunken Marine for another.