The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted H.R. 387, introduced by Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny.
The resolution declares Nov. 10 as Marine Corps Day in Pennsylvania. The date is significant as it coincides with the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps by the Second Continental Congress on Nov. 10, 1775.
Marine Corps Day marks the 238th anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps.
As part of the annual celebration, Gen. John A. Lejeune’s birthday message, Order 47, was read at Marine bases around the world. This tradition began with the original Order in 1921.
“The Marine motto, ‘Semper Fidelis,’ which is Latin for ‘always faithful,’ truly represents the attitude of the Marines, even those who have since retired,” Rep. Readshaw said. “It is the Marines who are depicted raising the flag on Iwo Jima during World War II. As General Lejeune said in that Order 92 years ago, ‘In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our corps, Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term Marine has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.’”
Marines have played a major part in all U.S. military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War through recent battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Rep. Readshaw is a retired member of the Marines and serves on the Military Community Protection Commission, a position created last year to serve as an advocate at the federal, state and local levels for the enhancement of military communities, organizations and defense-related regions throughout the state.