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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos cut a cake at the Marine Corps birthday celebration at the Pentagon on November 7. The Marine Corps celebrates its 237th birthday on November 10. An excerpt of the annual birthday message written in 1921 by Gen. John A. Lejeune, the service’s 13th commandant, reads, "Generation after generation of Marines have grown grey in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas so that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security." (Photo: Chief Petty Officer Sam Shaver/U.S. Navy)

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos cut a cake at the Marine Corps birthday celebration at the Pentagon on November 7. The Marine Corps celebrates its 237th birthday on November 10. An excerpt of the annual birthday message written in 1921 by Gen. John A. Lejeune, the service’s 13th commandant, reads, “Generation after generation of Marines have grown grey in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas so that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.” (Photo: Chief Petty Officer Sam Shaver/U.S. Navy)