Nov 5, 2010 6:42 PM by Tim McGonigal (Helena)

Helena to celebrate Marine Corps birthday

A birthday party for the United States Marine Corps will be held on Saturday, and it will benefit a great cause.

The 235th Marine Corps Birthday Ball will be held at the Colonial Inn starting at 5 o'clock.

The guest speaker for the event is MT State Senator Jim Shockley of Victor, a retired U.S. Marine.

Tickets are $35 and all proceeds benefit the Toys For Tots campaign, a program run by the Marine Corps Reserve.

The night will include a silent and live auction as well as dinner and dancing.

For more information, call 461-2774.

You can learn more at Marines.com, including this brief overview of the Marines' founding:

During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps.

A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore.

The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775, officially forming the Continental Marines.

As the first order of business, Samuel Nicholas became Commandant of the newly formed Marines. Tun Tavern’s owner and popular patriot, Robert Mullan, became his first captain and recruiter. They began gathering support and were ready for action by early 1776.

Each year, the Marine Corps marks November 10th with a celebration of the brave spirit which compelled these men and thousands since to defend our country as United States Marines.


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