During November Marines around the world will celebrate the birth of their Marine Corps. On November 18th, local area Marines will host the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball to be held at the Riverside Casino, Laughlin, Nevada. The event is being hosted by the Colorado River Chapter of the 1St Marine Division and the Marine Corps League, Dean W. Reiter Detachment of Kingman. Tickets are $40 per person, and special room rates can be obtained by calling the Riverside Casino reservation desk and advising that you are attending the Birthday Ball.

The official birthday of the United States Marine Corps is on November 10th, which was the day when the Second Continental Congress established the Continental Marines with the following decree.
“That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines.”

On November 1, 1921 then commandant of the Marines, John A. Lejeune, issued an order that established November 10th as the official birthday of the Marines. The first formal ball was held in 1925. In 1952 Commandant Shepherd established the ‘cake ceremony”, which has now become an official part of the birthday celebration.
During the cake ceremony, the first piece of Birthday cake is presented to the oldest Marine attending, and the second piece to the youngest Marine in attendance. These Marines do not have to be active duty, only Marines in attendance at the Ball. The cake ceremony symbolizes the passing of Marine tradition, history and knowledge from the older Marines to the younger Marines.

Marine Corps service organizations such as the 1st Marine Division Association and the Marine Corps League honor the Corps birthday by holding local balls and celebrations around the country.
This year the local Marines will be inviting Marines stationed in 29 Palms and Barstow, California to attend the event. Members of all services and community members who want to share in the history of the United States Marines may also attend.

This year’s ball will consist of a buffet style dinner of prime rib and chicken and a slice of birthday cake for dessert. Cocktail Hour starts at 1730, which is 5:30PM for our non-military attendees. 6:30PM we will hold the cake cutting ceremony. The cake will be escorted by the Kingman Young Marines. After dinner, we will have a few drawings and then entertainment and dancing.

For tickets contact Terry Flanagan, Commandant@MCL887.org or Lisa Sullivan, (1St Div Asso.) lisagysgt@yahoo.com.