Recognizing an unbreakable bond between members of the United States Marine Corps, local Marines will celebrate their camaraderie with this year’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the VFW in Alliance.
Dr. Cork Taylor, who organizes the ball, said the event has been hosted in Alliance for decades.
“The Marines have always been proud of their tradition and their brotherhood; hence, the motto Semper Fidelis, meaning always faithful”, said Taylor. "I’ve often said that it’s the largest fraternity in the world."
The Marine Corps was established on November 10, 1775, during the Revolutionary War at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
At the ball, an hour of attitude adjustment will begin at 4:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served, followed by the cake cutting ceremony and the traditional program.
“The oldest Marine and the youngest Marine at the Birthday Ball will come forward and using a Marine sword, will cut the cake. After serving each other a slice of the cake, the rest of the guests will be served,” Taylor said.
Taylor noted that with the reduction in use of landline phones in society, communication has become more difficult. He encourages Marines to call him at 760-1523 or Larry Holub at 762-4899 to update their contact information as well as specify their meal choice of steak or shrimp.
“It’s just always fun to be able to visit with other Marines and their wives—or significant others—and join in celebrating our esprit de corps,” said Taylor.