Happy 244th Birthday, Marines

The Marine Corps standard is a time-honored symbol of pride and courage

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Sunday, the Veterans of Foreign Wars joins with Americans to proudly recognize and celebrate the 244th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. 

Marines in dress uniform stand at attention surrounded by US flagsFor more than two centuries, the fearless Marine Corps has bravely stood ready at a moment’s notice, and remains the experts in improvising, adapting and overcoming as part of the “Few and the Proud.”

Seeped in rich traditions and hallmark valor, the Marines have fought in every American armed conflict dating back to 1775. Known for their tenacious fighting spirit and their unwillingness to accept defeat, the standard of excellence U.S. Marines achieve and the motto by which they live – Semper Fidelis – have made them an international symbol of honor and pride. 

The more than 1.6 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary wish every Marine a very happy 244th birthday, and thank you for your continued service and bravery in duty to our country.