Edit: The Marines YouTube channel apparently took the video down, but we found it reposted by another user. Check it out below.
With the Marine Corps’ Nov. 10 birthday fast approaching, the Marines have released the commandant’s annual birthday message.
Take some time out to watch this 15-minute video, guaranteed to give you chills.
The video opens with Marine veterans of all ages reciting their oath of service.
Cut to Marine Corps commandant Gen. Jim Amos and Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett standing at the Marine Corps memorial near Washington, D.C.
Amos notes that this year marks a number of key anniversaries: the 70th anniversary of the 2nd Marine Division landing on Tawara; the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Hue City in Vietnam; and the 10th anniversary of the assault on Baghdad, Iraq.
“In every contest of combat, Marines have been successful because of our ethos and our absolute determination. This is who we are,” Barrett said. “Marines understand martial spirit. The warrior character of our Corps has been hard earned by all who have gone before. And no matter the odds, Marines will continue to carry the day with distinction and valor.”
Decorated veterans of battles from Tarawa to Fallujah recount decisive moments in the battles.
Retired Lt. Gen. George R. Christmas, a Navy Cross recipient, describes a moment of improvisation during the Battle of Hue City suggested and carried out by a lance corporal.
“That’s called lance corporal ingenuity and PFC power,” he said. “It’s alive and well today.”
Later, Afghanistan veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer makes an appearance.
“As we celebrate 238 years of defending our constitution and the American people, Sgt. Maj. Barrett and I want you to know how proud we are of all of you,” Amos says toward the end of the video. “Because of you, gathered here tonight, our Corps remains strong, ready to respond to any crisis in any clime and place.”
Happy birthday, Marines! What do you think of this year’s birthday message?