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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Wayne/Pike Marines celebrate 238th year of service

  • On Nov. 9 at Cordaro's Restaurant in Honesdale, many Marines gathered to celebrate the birthday of the United States Marine Corps.
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  • HONESDALE - On Nov. 9 at Cordaro's Restaurant in Honesdale, many Marines gathered to celebrate the birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The Wayne/Pike Marine Corps League had a weekend filled with fun making new memories and spent time honoring all those who have served. One of the honorees at the event was Jack Bishop, who was presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the Wayne/Pike Marine Corps League Detachment. After the birthday celebration, the detachment continued the celebration on the actual birthday of the United States Marines on Sunday, Nov. 10. The Wayne/Pike Marine Corps league #640 met to raise the Marine flag in honor of the milestone. About the United States Marine Corp On Nov. 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadephia passed a resolution. This resolution stated that "two Battalions of Marines be raised" for services as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution formed the Continental Marines and is the birthday of the United States Marine Corps (USMC). This first group of Marines served on land and at sea. They provided distinguished service during their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March 1776 under the command of Captain Samuel Nicholas. Nicholas would later be promoted to Major. Nicholas was the first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines and remained the senior Marine officer for the entirety of the American Revolution. He is considered to be the first Marine Commandant. After the Treaty of Paris in 1783 ended the Revolutionary War, the Navy ships were sold. Both the Continental Navy and Marines went extinct. The Marine Corps was re-established on July 11, 1798. They participated in multiple naval operations during the War of 1812 and defended Washington at Bladensburg, MD and fought along with Andrew Jackson to defeat the British in New Orleans.
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