BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Veterans Service Department will commemorate the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps with a ceremony this Friday.
The ceremony will be held on Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Veterans Service Department located at 1120 Golden State Avenue near M Street.
There will be a presentation of the colors by a Marine Corps Color Guard, National Anthem, bagpipes and reading of remarks from 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General John Lejeune. The current Commandant, General Robert Neller, will precede the traditional cake cutting ceremony.
Historically during this ceremony, the first piece of cake is served to the oldest Marine present and the second piece is served to the youngest Marine present.
The Marine Corps' roots trace back to Nov. 10, 1775 when two battalions of Marines were established and authorized by Continental Congress to conduct ship-to-ship fighting, provide shipboard security, discipline enforcement and assist in landing forces.