At Marine Corps birthday ceremonies worldwide, a chair is left empty to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Photo by US Embassy New Zealand.
Tradition states that the Marine Corps birthday cake is cut with a Mameluke sword, the ceremonial sword given to Marine officers. Photo by Cpl Tia M. Dufour, Arlington. Va.
Marines with Marine Corps Recruiting Station Phoenix present the colors at their 238th Marine Corps Birthday Ball. Photo by Sgt Tyler J. Bolken.
A Marine Corps birthday tradition, the oldest Marine in the room serves the youngest Marine a piece of birthday cake to signify the transfer of wisdom. Photo by Brenda Law, Public Affairs Specialist.
Marine Corps SgtMaj Micheal P. Barrett reads MajGen John A. Lejeune's birthday message during a ceremony at the Pentagon. All Marines are required to read Lejeune's birthday message. Photo by Chief Mass Communications Specialist Sam Shavers.
Marines serving in Afghanistan pause to celebrate the Marine Corps' 238th birthday with a cake-cutting ceremony. Photo by Cpl Austin Long.
Marines aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar display the Corps' uniforms at a cake-cutting ceremony in honor of the 238th birthday. Photo by LCpl Owen Kimbrel.