Camp Pendleton Celebrates Marine Corps’ 237th Birthday

Friday's pageant is free and open to the public

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    Camp Pendleton will be buzzing with activity Friday as the base celebrates the 237th birthday of the Marine Corps.

    According to base officials, Camp Pendleton and I Marine Expeditionary Force will host the 2012 Marine Corps Birthday Pageant at the 11 Area football field beginning at 10 a.m.

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    The corps celebrates 235 years of service and sacrifice. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010)

    The annual pageant – which is free and open to the public -- will include the music from the 1st Marine Division Band as well as the massing of colors from all units about the base.

    Additionally, marines dressed in period-related uniforms will narrate significant Marine Corps combat operations throughout history dating back to 1775.

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    General James Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, celebrated the 235th anniversary of the Marine Corps aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 was also on board, among several others. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010)

    A traditional birthday cake-cutting ceremony is also set to take place at the event. Traditionally, the first piece of cake is presented to the Guest of Honor. The eldest marine present at the celebration receives the second piece of cake and then passes it to the youngest marine present at the pageant.

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