Coronado Marines Celebrate 244th Birthday

In keeping with long-standing tradition, dozens of local Marines, former, active and retired, congregated on the island on November 3rd in order to celebrate the 244th birthday of the Marine Corps (the actual USMC birthday is November 10). This celebration takes place around the world, whether in an elaborate ballroom with a large cake, or in a foxhole in the cold rain with a piece of bread.

The celebration consisted of a viewing of the current Commandant’s message to the Corps as well as the reading of General John Lejeune’s message signifying the Marines’ commitment to our Marine Corps.

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The Marines also honored the oldest and youngest Marines present by cutting a piece of cake and having it passed from the oldest to the youngest. This signifies the passing of knowledge and wisdom among our ranks.

The oldest Marine present was Walter Travis, 94 years old, and the youngest Marine was Patrick Dwyer, 49 years old.

The Marine Corps League in Coronado is a non-profit organization that helps Marines Past, Present and Future. They recently held an Oktoberfest fundraiser, which was a huge success, and next have their sights set on the Toys for Tots campaign collecting Christmas toys for disadvantaged children in the local area. Partnering with the VFW Post 2422 here in town, they will support the 2019 Toys for Tots ‘Kickoff’ with a Chili Cook-Off at the VFW on Friday, 15 November. Come bring your prize-winning chili and an unwrapped Toy! For more details, click here:


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: