WASHINGTON -- Headquarters Marine Corps personnel ran with Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett in honor of the 237th Marine Corps birthday Nov. 9.
Barrett lead hundreds of Marines 1.6 miles from the Pentagon to the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., as the sun rose in clear skies. He then addressed the Marines, bringing to light the capabilities of the lightweight expeditionary force.
“We don’t know when or where we’re going to fight next, all we know is that we can leave tonight,” said Barrett. “This morning, it’s my privilege to be out in front of these amazing colors and to stand with this amazing band to our back at this amazing war memorial.”
Barrett then turned the podium over to Assistant Secretary of the Navy Juan M. Garcia, who ran to honor the naval fighting force. He thanked the Marines for their service and reminded them of their rich heritage.
“On this incredible D.C. morning, with this incredible view, no matter what happens over the next four years, this will be one of the highlights of my tenure in this position,” said Garcia, a former naval aviator. “Thank you for what you do, thank you for your leadership. Thank you for your patriotism – happy 237th birthday – ooh-rah, Semper Fi!”
After Garcia stepped down, Barrett called the Marines to attention, singing the full three stanzas of the Marines’ Hymn with The President’s Own band providing music.
“I really enjoyed the run overall,” said Lance Cpl. Jafet Cayabonilla, adjutant clerk, Headquarters Marine Corps. “It was really motivating, I didn’t feel tired at all. And when we sang the Marines’ Hymn with the President’s Own, that gave me chills.”
The Marines then ran the 1.6 miles back to the Pentagon, to commence celebration of 237-years in expeditionary readiness with a cake cutting ceremony and enjoying esprit de corps with their fellow Marines.
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