Thursday, November 10, 2005

Happy Birthday, USMC!

Today is the 230th anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps (Tip: Daily Demarche). I know them best from the Iwo Jima Memorial I drive by on a regular basis. It is a larger-than-life memorial for larger-than-life men.

Every now and then, someone in Congress thinks they have a bright idea: Let's save money by merging the Corps with the Army! Luckily, a storm of protest always squashes such foolish ideas.

I do not disparage the Army when I write that the Marine Corps represents a separate and very fine tradition of total dedication to defending their country and their honor that is worth supporting. As one witness to the flag-raising at Mt. Suribachi said, "the raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years."

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