Marines Still Running After 238 Years

Defense Media Activity - Marines
Story by Cpl. Melissa Karnath

Date: 11.08.2013
Posted: 12.03.2013 09:37
News ID: 117655
Marines Still Running After 238 Years

ARLINGTON, Va. - Hundreds of Marines from the national capital region ran from the Pentagon to the Marine Corps War Memorial Nov. 8 in celebration of the Corps’ upcoming 238th birthday Nov. 10.<br /> <br /> Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett led the run, accompanied by combat-wounded warriors Kyle Carpenter and Isaac Gallegos.<br /> <br /> After about a mile and half, the runners arrived at the memorial and were met with fanfare as the United States Marine Band played Semper Fidelis.<br /> <br /> The runners paused in formation and Barrett reminded them they were among the few to earn the title Marine, and he applauded them for serving in an all-volunteer force. <br /> <br /> “There is nothing more honorable and noble than to serve your nation … You have gone where our colors have gone, and you have done so without asking why,” said Barrett.<br /> <br /> To the band’s accompaniment, the runners sang the all three verses of the Marines’ Hymn before running back to the Pentagon.