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A Legacy Older than the Republic

US Marine Corps War Memorial, George Washington Memorial Parkway

 

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

 
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By Devry Jones, February 2, 2019
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Inscription.  You might be surprised to learn that there have been Marines for longer than there has been a country called the United States of America.

The Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, first authorized the raising of the "Continental Marines"—in November 1775.

The well-known ability of the Marines to quickly respond to emergencies—in any part of the globe—has made them a part of almost every conflict in the history of the United States. Marines have "fought their country's battles" on every continent, and sailed every sea on the planet, for more than 240 years.

One of your best opportunities to learn more in depth about Marines, their challenges, triumphs, and traditions is not far away. Near Quantico, Virginia, about 30 minutes drive time from here, you can explore the National Museum of the Marine Corps or conduct research at the Marine Corps History Division.

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That Eagle, Globe, and Anchor:
Time-honored Traditions

In the early 1800s Marine's buttons showed an eagle clutching a fouled anchor with 13 stars above. You can still
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By Devry Jones, February 2, 2019
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see that on dress and service uniform buttons today. Only the stars have changed—from six points then to five points.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 53.463′ N, 77° 4.245′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on US Marine Memorial Circle north of North Marshall Drive, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1495 North Meade Street, Arlington VA 22209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Something More Than A Statue (here, next to this marker); Here We Remember Them All (within shouting distance of this marker); And How Will You Remember Them? (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Marine Corps War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Marines' Fiercest Fighting of World War II (about 300 feet away); A Split Second Made Immortal (about 300 feet away); Missions Critical (about 400 feet away); Battle Honors Unending (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
Also see . . .  Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled "History Of The U. S. Marine Corps". (Submitted on February 4, 2019.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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