On Saturday night, I had the great privilege of being the guest of honor at the 237th anniversary Marine Ball. Each year around the world, Marines gather to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps. U.S. Embassy personnel always enjoy the opportunity to dress up and get together. It is a time for remembrance, for ceremony, and most of all, for celebration.
At the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, we honor those brave men and all the men and women of the Marine Corps who, since November 10, 1775, have served their country with uncommon valor and distinction. As we do each year, we renew our commitment to these brave warriors. It was an honor for me to share in the special anniversary celebration. All U.S. Embassy employees expressed our great respect and heartfelt appreciation for the mission of the U.S. Marine Corps and particularly the key role that they play in defending U.S. diplomatic missions around the world.
As we joined together with our friends and guests, we were all treated to a display of the U.S. Marine’s ceremony and tradition. We had speeches, a cake cutting ceremony, and a very special presentation of the colors, or flags. I am glad our Marines were able to celebrate the birthday of their Corps even here in Cambodia, and I am glad I was able to be a part of it. Semper Fidelis Marines, and Happy Birthday!