They're 233 years old today.
I have a special, writing-related fondness for the USMC. I don't actually know any Marines personally, but I met a few several years ago in Atlanta. I was attending the Moonlight and Magnolias conference, and the Marines were having some sort of seminar at the same Atlanta hotel. The stars aligned perfectly---Marines and romance writers in the same place. You couldn't have written a better scenario.
The Marines were just as fascinated with us as we were with them. And such gentlemen! As I commented to a friend later, "I don't think I ever truly understood what it was to feel like a woman until a Marine treated me like one."
So, Semper Fi and thanks for all you do, ladies and gentlemen of the USMC.
Here's a story I came across a few minutes ago that I think is a nice addendum to this post on the USMC's birthday.
God bless the U.S. Marines.