Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tom Grosvenor Marine Corps Breakfast-- Part 2: Passing the Knowledge From Oldest to Youngest Marines

It costs $7 for the breakfast and toys or donations for the Toys for Tots, which the Marines run.

The USMC was established by act of the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775.  Back in the early 1900s, Marine Commandant Lejeune said that in the 145 years of its existence, the USMC had been at war for 90 years, from Trenton( American Revolution) to the Argonne (World War I).  Colors were posted by the Marine League and the Marine Commandant's address for this year was read.

The part I like the best is the cake tradition. involving the oldest and youngest Marines present.  This year the oldest was a woman who was born in 1923 and an enlisted Marine born in 1996.  A sheet cake is escorted to the front and a ceremonial sword used to cut it.  The piece of cake is then given to the oldest Marine who takes a bite and then passes it over to the youngest Marine.  This signifies the passing of wisdom, knowledge and experience.

We then had the retiring of the Colors and the Marines Hymn and Taps.

Then, it was SOS, scrambled eggs and coffee.

It Is Quite an Experience.  --RoadDog

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