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PRINTER'S NO. 1319
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
212
Session of
2015
INTRODUCED BY RAFFERTY, KITCHEN, SABATINA, WILEY, ARGALL,
GREENLEAF, EICHELBERGER, SCAVELLO, DINNIMAN, VOGEL, BAKER,
FARNESE, McGARRIGLE, TEPLITZ, FONTANA, TARTAGLIONE, YUDICHAK,
SCARNATI, WHITE, HAYWOOD, PILEGGI, MENSCH, COSTA, FOLMER AND
SCHWANK, OCTOBER 14, 2015
INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED, OCTOBER 14, 2015
A RESOLUTION
Recognizing November 10, 2015, as "Marine Corps Day" in
Pennsylvania in honor of the United States Marine Corps'
240th anniversary of its founding.
WHEREAS, On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental
Congress met in Philadelphia and passed a resolution calling for
two battalions of Marines to be raised for service as landing
forces with the fleet; and
WHEREAS, That resolution established the Continental Marines
and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps; and
WHEREAS, Since its first amphibious raid on March 3, 1776,
the United States Marine Corps has fought with great courage on
every continent and in every conflict in American history; and
WHEREAS, During World War I, Marines fought their famed
battle at Belleau Wood, establishing their reputation of
toughness and fierceness; and
WHEREAS, The Marine Corps played a central role in the
liberation of the Pacific Islands during World War II; and
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WHEREAS, "Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima," the famous
photograph by Joe Rosenthal, will always symbolize the triumph
and glory of the Marine Corps; and
WHEREAS, The momentum of the Korean War shifted when the
Marine Corps, in conjunction with the Navy, launched a massive
amphibious attack at Inchon, surprising the North Koreans by
putting thousands of United States troops behind enemy lines;
and
WHEREAS, The Marine Corps participated in major offensives of
the Vietnam War, engaging in guerrilla warfare, implementing
unconventional techniques for counterinsurgency and working as
military advisors to the Republic of Vietnam Marine Corps; and
WHEREAS, From 1990 to 1992, Marines participated in Operation
Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, leading the liberation
of Kuwait and the defeat of Iraqi forces; and
WHEREAS, The Marine Corps continues to make significant
contributions to the war on terrorism as part of Operation
Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and
WHEREAS, Marines truly embody the motto of the Marine Corps:
"Semper Fidelis," which translates from Latin as "always
faithful," and signifies the defense of freedom and democracy
worldwide; and
WHEREAS, Today, the Marine Corps is a separate branch of the
United States Armed Forces, distinguishing itself as an
expeditionary force ready to respond on the ground, in the air
and by sea; and
WHEREAS, There are nearly 200,000 individuals currently
enlisted in the Marine Corps and roughly 40,000 reserve members;
and
WHEREAS, Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 192, written by
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Major Commandant General John A. Lejeune, established the
mandatory celebration of the Marine Corps' anniversary;
therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate recognize November 10, 2015, as
"Marine Corps Day" in Pennsylvania in honor of the United States
Marine Corps' 240th anniversary of its founding.
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