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Marines still running after 238 years

By Cpl. Melissa Karnath | Headquarters Marine Corps | November 08, 2013

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Marines from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the Pentagon stand in formation after running to the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Va. Nov. 8, 2013, in commemoration of the Corps' upcoming 238th birthday Nov. 10.  The Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett applauded the Marines for being part of an all-volunteer force before leading the singing of the Marines' Hymn. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Preston McDonald/Released)

Marines from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the Pentagon stand in formation after running to the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Va. Nov. 8, 2013, in commemoration of the Corps' upcoming 238th birthday Nov. 10. The Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett applauded the Marines for being part of an all-volunteer force before leading the singing of the Marines' Hymn. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Preston McDonald/Released) (Photo by Pfc. Preston McDonald)


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The Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett gives a motivational speech to Marines from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the Pentagon after a mile and a half run to the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Va. Nov. 8, 2013. Barrett highlighted actions taken by Sgt. Isaac Gallegos and Cpl. Kyle Carpenter.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Preston McDonald/Released)

The Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett gives a motivational speech to Marines from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the Pentagon after a mile and a half run to the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Va. Nov. 8, 2013. Barrett highlighted actions taken by Sgt. Isaac Gallegos and Cpl. Kyle Carpenter. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Preston McDonald/Released) (Photo by Pfc. Preston McDonald)


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Marines from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the Pentagon stand in formation after running to the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Va. Nov. 8, 2013, in commemoration of the Corps' upcoming 238th birthday Nov. 10.  The Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett applauded the Marines for being part of an all-volunteer force before leading the singing of the Marines' Hymn. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Malissa Karnath/Released)

Marines from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the Pentagon stand in formation after running to the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Va. Nov. 8, 2013, in commemoration of the Corps' upcoming 238th birthday Nov. 10. The Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett applauded the Marines for being part of an all-volunteer force before leading the singing of the Marines' Hymn. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Malissa Karnath/Released) (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Karnath)


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The Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett gives a motivational speech to Marines from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the Pentagon after a mile and a half run to the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Va. Nov. 8, 2013. Barrett highlighted actions taken by Sgt. Isaac Gallegos and Cpl. Kyle Carpenter. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melissa Karnath/Released)

The Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett gives a motivational speech to Marines from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the Pentagon after a mile and a half run to the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Va. Nov. 8, 2013. Barrett highlighted actions taken by Sgt. Isaac Gallegos and Cpl. Kyle Carpenter. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melissa Karnath/Released) (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Karnath)


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Marines from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the Pentagon participate in a motivational run led by Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett Nov. 8, 2013, in commemoration of the Corps' upcoming 238th birthday Nov. 10. The Marines ran approximately a mile and a half from the Pentagon and ended the run with a ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. Barrett applauded the Marines for being part of an all-volunteer force before leading the singing of the Marines' Hymn. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dylan Bowyer/Released)

Marines from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the Pentagon participate in a motivational run led by Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett Nov. 8, 2013, in commemoration of the Corps' upcoming 238th birthday Nov. 10. The Marines ran approximately a mile and a half from the Pentagon and ended the run with a ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. Barrett applauded the Marines for being part of an all-volunteer force before leading the singing of the Marines' Hymn. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dylan Bowyer/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Dylan M. Bowyer)


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ARLINGTON, Va. --

Hundreds of Marines from the national capital region ran from the Pentagon to the Marine Corps War Memorial Nov. 8 in celebration of the Corps’ upcoming 238th birthday Nov. 10.

Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett led the run, accompanied by combat-wounded warriors Kyle Carpenter and Isaac Gallegos.

After about a mile and half, the runners arrived at the memorial and were met with fanfare as the United States Marine Band played Semper Fidelis.

The runners paused in formation and Barrett reminded them they were among the few to earn the title Marine, and he applauded them for serving in an all-volunteer force. 

“There is nothing more honorable and noble than to serve your nation … You have gone where our colors have gone, and you have done so without asking why,” said Barrett.

To the band’s accompaniment, the runners sang all three verses of the Marines’ Hymn before running back to the Pentagon. 




8 Comments


  • Dick Winningstad 260 days ago
    Happy Birthday Marines!
  • Marcy Zaslow 260 days ago
    Happy Birthday US Marines! Thank you for all you do!
  • Marcy Zaslow 260 days ago
    Happy birthday Marines! Thank you for all you do!
  • Gregory J Topliff 260 days ago
    Just a short note to say Happy Marine Corps Birthday
    and Happy Veterans Day.

    A poem I wrote for the day
    ---------------------------------------

    Marine Friend
    ****************
    A marine is not a fellow,
    who is taken in by shame,
    a marine is one who knows are
    faults and doesn’t give a damn.

    Semper Fi

    Greg Topliff

    USMC-66-69
    100% DAV
    Vietnam War
  • Gregory J Topliff 260 days ago
    Just a short note to say Happy Marine Corps Birthday
    and Happy Veterans Day.

    A poem I wrote for the day
    ---------------------------------------

    Marine Friend
    ****************
    A marine is not a fellow,
    who is taken in by shame,
    a marine is one who knows are
    faults and doesn’t give a damn.

    Semper Fi

    Greg Topliff

    USMC-66-69
    100% DAV
    Vietnam War
  • Gregory J Topliff 260 days ago
    Just a short note to say Happy Marine Corps Birthday
    and Happy Veterans Day.

    A poem I wrote for the day
    ---------------------------------------

    Marine Friend
    ****************
    A marine is not a fellow,
    who is taken in by shame,
    a marine is one who knows are
    faults and doesn’t give a damn.

    Semper Fi

    Greg Topliff

    USMC-66-69
    100% DAV
    Vietnam War
  • Gregory Topliff 260 days ago
    Just a short note to say Happy Marine Corps Birthday
    and Happy Veterans Day.

    A poem I wrote for the day
    ---------------------------------------

    Marine Friend
    ****************
    A marine is not a fellow,
    who is taken in by shame,
    a marine is one who knows are
    faults and doesn’t give a damn.

    Semper Fi

    Greg Topliff

    USMC-66-69
    100% DAV
    Vietnam War
  • Katherine M. 261 days ago
    Happy Birthday, Marines! Thanks for serving our country.

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