CPP Veterans Celebrate the 242nd U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

Cal Poly Pomona’s Veterans Resource Center and the Veterans Club kicked off Veterans Week for the month of November with the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Birthday Celebration on Nov. 7. 

As part of the USMC tradition, Alejandro Navarro, Lead Veteran Resource Advisor, read General John A. Lejeune’s birthday message. He played the official USMC birthday video from the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green. All Marines were reminded to honor those who had fallen by carrying on with the Marine Corps legacy of “honor, courage, commitment, virtue, and character” (Neller, 2017).

Another important ritual for the USMC birthday is the cake cutting ceremony. Navarro invited the oldest Marine and the youngest Marine in the room to participate in the ceremony. Keeping with tradition, the oldest Marine gave the youngest Marine a piece of cake. This act represented the transfer of experience and knowledge from the old to the young within the Marine Corps. Every year, more campus community members recognize and celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps with our campus Marines.