Happy birthday U.S. Marine Corps

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Kenny Holston
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***The United States Marine Corps Liaison Team based at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center celebrated the Marine Corps’ 232nd birthday Nov. 8.

Marine Maj. Gen. Cornell Wilson, Marine Forces Europe and Africa commander, presided over the birthday ceremony held at the Heaton Auditorium on Landstuhl.

 “The birthday ball is an opportunity for Marines to rededicate themselves to the core values to ensure we are most ready for whatever our nation calls upon us to do,” said General Wilson. “I wanted to have the celebration here at LRMC to ensure our wounded Marines would be able to attend.”

It was a formal ceremony and each Marine was dressed in blues. Each step of the ceremony was executed with strategic grace and accuracy.

 “This is a very important day to the Marine Corps,” said Staff Sgt. Ben Coleman. “The Marine Corps has evolved and come a long way over time making us America’s elite fighting force. I’m proud to serve as a Marine.”

Members from other services stationed at LRMC also attended the birthday ball.
The majority of Marines stationed in the KMC were there and so were Marine patients being treated at LRMC.

“I’m so thankful to be able to celebrate this event with my Marine brothers and sisters,” said Lance Cpl. Kraig Keyte. “Occasions like this are what helps some of us wounded Marines heal quicker and get back in the fight.”