PRINTER'S NO. 2526
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
548
Session of
2017
INTRODUCED BY READSHAW, GOODMAN, WHEATLEY, ENGLISH, NELSON,
ROTHMAN, RYAN, HARPER, BARRAR, SAINATO, MAHER, DiGIROLAMO,
JAMES, GROVE, STAATS, EVERETT, MURT, BAKER, THOMAS, DRISCOLL,
CORBIN, BURNS, TOOHIL, MACKENZIE, DEAN, KINSEY, COMITTA,
W. KELLER, D. COSTA, MILLARD, NEILSON, PASHINSKI, COX, DUSH,
SONNEY, KAUFFMAN, KAVULICH, TOEPEL, WARD, SOLOMON,
CALTAGIRONE, KORTZ, PHILLIPS-HILL, A. HARRIS, MENTZER,
WATSON, ORTITAY, SAYLOR, LONGIETTI, SCHLOSSBERG, V. BROWN,
MARSICO, MILNE, ROEBUCK, DeLUCA, BIZZARRO, GILLEN, SCHWEYER,
B. MILLER, ROZZI AND GABLER, OCTOBER 3, 2017
INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35,
OCTOBER 3, 2017
A RESOLUTION
Honoring the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps on
November 10, 2017.
WHEREAS, The United States Marine Corps was founded as the
Continental Marines by a resolution passed by the Second
Continental Congress on November 10, 1775, which raised two
battalions of Marines; and
WHEREAS, The birth of the Marine Corps was to augment naval
forces in the Revolutionary War; and
WHEREAS, The Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, the
original recruiting headquarters, is considered the Marine
Corps' birthplace; and
WHEREAS, In 1798, President John Adams signed the law
establishing the Marine Corps as a permanent military force
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under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Navy; and
WHEREAS, The Marine Corps has fought with great courage on
six continents and in every conflict in American history,
including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I,
World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict; and
WHEREAS, The Marine Corps has also served in support of
Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi
Freedom; and
WHEREAS, The Marine Corps has fought valiantly in defense of
the United States and its citizens and principles; and
WHEREAS, There are approximately 184,000 active duty and more
than 38,000 reserve members of the Marine Corps; and
WHEREAS, Marines recognize the Marine Corps as a tradition
built on time-honored values and principles; 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, 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 Marine Air-Ground Task Force integrates a ground
combat element, an aviation combat element and a logistics
combat element under a common command element; and
WHEREAS, Known for amphibious and land capabilities, the
Marine Air-Ground Task Force operates independently or as part
of a larger coalition; and
WHEREAS, During World War I, Marines fought the famed Battle
at Belleau Wood, establishing a reputation for toughness and
fierceness; and
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WHEREAS, The Marine Corps played a central role in the
liberation of the Pacific Islands during World War II; 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 Conflict, 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 1991, 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; and
WHEREAS, The Marine Corps supports peacekeeping missions and
humanitarian operations in numerous countries, including
Liberia, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Somalia; and
WHEREAS, Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921, written by
Lieutenant General John A. Lejeune, Major General Commandant of
the Marine Corps, established the mandatory celebration of the
Marine Corps' birthday; and
WHEREAS, Balls and banquets have been added to the
celebration starting with the first formal dance in 1923 at Fort
Mifflin Marine Barracks; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives honor the 242nd
birthday of the United States Marine Corps on November 10, 2017.
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