WHEREAS, on November 10, 1775, the United States Continental Marines were founded by our nation’s leaders to conduct ship-to-ship fighting, provide shipboard security and discipline enforcement, and assist in landing forces; and
WHEREAS, for 243 years, members of our United States Marine Corps have served with the utmost courage in almost every conflict that our country has faced; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is proud to be home to more than 26,000 Marines and their families stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Marine Corps Headquarters, Pentagon and other locations throughout Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the men and women serving in the United States Marine Corps and the families who support them make great sacrifices in defense of our nation; and
WHEREAS, Marines exhibit honor, integrity, and personal courage, and maintain an unyielding dedication to duty; and
WHEREAS, today, we celebrate the continued strength, professionalism, and valor of our ready and resilient Marines in the all-volunteer force, and observe November 10 as the birthday of the United States Marine Corps;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 10, 2018, as the 243RD BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.