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Litchfield Park flag-raising to honor Marine Corps' 245th birthday

Virtual event begins at 8:15 a.m. Nov. 10

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The city of Litchfield Park will hold a virtual flag-raising at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 in honor of the U.S. Marine Corps' 245th birthday.

Residents are invited to watch via the city’s Facebook page, @CityofLitchfieldPark, when Mayor Thomas L. Schoaf presents a proclamation in honor of the event.

It also will be available on  the city's YouTube channel,  youtube.com/channel/UC4kELEML4QBYg8tajsbnRKQ

The Marine Corps dates back to Nov. 10, 1775. Some early history, courtesy of marines.mil:

• Weeks after  its formation, the Continental Marines executed its first ambhibious  landing on a hostile shore, when Capt. Samuel Nichols and 234 Marines sailed with the Continental Navy in 1776 to  capture a large store of gunpowder from the British at Fort Nassau, Bahamas.

•  In 1805, President Thomas Jefferson sent the Marines to Tripoli to storm the city of Derma to rescue the crew of the USS Philadelphia after  it was kidnapped by pirates. The mission marked the Marines' first ground battle on foreign soil, and is noted in the Marines' Hymn with the line, "From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripol, we fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea."

To read more about iconic Marine Corps combat missions from the Battle of Chapultepec in 1847 (the Montezuma part of the first line of the Marines' Hymn), to Belleau Wood in 1918, Iwo Jima in 1945,  Chosin Reservoir in 1950,  Hue in Vietnam in 1968,  Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991,  Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2001, and  the Iraq War, 2003 to 2011, visit marines.com/who-we-are/our-legacy/battles-through-time.

To hear Commandant Gen. David H. Berger's birthday message to Marines, and to hear from those who  served in World War II through present day, watch the video below:

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