Charm City Cakes helps Marine Corps celebrate 241st birthday

Charm City Cakes helps Marine Corps celebrate 241st birthday

The United States Marine Corps celebrated their 241st birthday on November 10, 2016 with a custom cake from Charm City Cakes. Each of the three, hand-painted tiers depicts both historical moments in the Corps legacy and unique experiences shared by every Marine. The ritual and symbolism of the birthday culminates in the cutting of a cake – pieces of which are handed to the oldest and, in turn, youngest Marines in attendance, symbolizing the the passing of experience from one generation to the next.

Marine Corps Recruiting Command (November 10, 2016) — On November 10 every year since 1775, Marines stop what they are doing, no matter where they are, to acknowledge the birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The events are equal parts solemn and celebratory as generations of Marines meet to commemorate a common bond: The fighting spirit that makes each of them Marines.

"Each year, on or around 10 November, Marines gather in groups large and small to celebrate our history, honor the memory of those who have gone before us, and rekindle the bond that unites all generations of Marines. This year, we mark the 241st anniversary of our Corps – 241 years of uncommon valor, innovation, and combat excellence," said General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, in a statement.

The ritual and symbolism of the birthday culminates in the cutting of a cake – pieces of which are handed to the oldest and, in turn, youngest Marines in attendance, symbolizing the the passing of experience from one generation to the next.

For several weeks leading up to the official birthday celebration, representatives from the USMC and Charm City Cakes have worked to ensure Marine Corps Recruiting Command's cake would help demonstrate the 241-year legacy of the Marine Corps.

"This cake is special to us because it not only honors our armed forces, but portrays an in-depth history and celebration of the Marine Corps," said Tiffany Black of Charm City Cakes. "There is so much rich history in the Marine Corps, which the cake attempts to portray in a full 360-degree viewing experience."

Each cake tier is hand-painted with a landscape that portrays battle scenes and important snapshots of history in fondant using a relief-sculpting method. Scenes include the iconic Iwo Jima to more recent battles such as Hell House Fallujah. With the three tiers depicting both historical moments in the Corps legacy and unique experiences shared by every Marine, the birthday cake depicts the connections between Marine Corps generations celebrating the birthday.

"At the base of the cake is a modern-day depiction of new Marine recruits training, and as the eye travels up and around the tiers, you are transported to different emotional and proud moments of the history of the Marine Corps," said Black.

Charm City Cakes, known for their elaborate pastry creations and numerous appearances on The Food Network, unveiled the cake at the Marine Corps Recruiting Command's birthday celebration in Washington D.C, November 5, 2016.

"We are Marines for life," said Gen Neller. "It is our responsibility, our duty to Maintain the legacy of those who have gone before us. What we do today, guided by what we've learned from past generations, will determine the future of our Corps. So as we celebrate the 241st anniversary of our Corps, we also look ahead and prepare for our next success. Take pride in carrying our legacy forward. Happy Birthday, Marines!"

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