Thursday, November 11, 2010
Thank you veterans of the United States military. Thank you uncles, aunts, my grampas, and friends for serving our country. Special shout out to the Marines who celebrated their birthday yesterday. If you take the right tour in Philadelphia, you will hear how the Marines formed. Yes Samuel Nicholas received a commission from the Continental Congress to form some Marine units, but there is alwasy a juicier story just underneath the thin film of sanitized history. There is a bit of Revolutionary apocrypha around the Marines birth. Legend has it Nicholas and a friend were drinking in a tavern in Philly and said "we want to be the first guys in everywhere the colonies fight", and after sobering up, they decided to take this wish to Congress. With the Marines I have known, this makes a ton of sense. Thank you!