Saturday, November 10, 2012

Veterans' Day & Marine Birthday

237 years ago the US Marine Corps was formed on November 10, 1775.  Since then the Corps has served with distinction through many wars and military actions. 

While I was in the US Foreign Service we had the honor of attending a number of Marine Balls to help celebrate their birthday.  Our first Ball was in 1983 while I was stationed in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and we weren't sure what to expect.  The Ball was held at the Hotel Ivoire in their main ballroom and the place was packed.  It was very impressive to see all the military contingent at the Mission all dressed in their finest.  We had a great time and looked forward to the next ball.

Abidjan had a deep water port and many US warships would stop there for refueling and shore leave for the Navy & Marines on board.  We would always invite a couple of the service men (no women on board in those days) to the house for a home cooked dinner and some conversation.  I often wondered if they would have preferred to be out on the town having a good time, rather than hanging out with us.  Most of them did seem to appreciate the company and a good meal, so it was worth it for us.

We attended our last Marine Ball in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1991 at the Hotel Cariari.  As usual we had a great time and since the Ticos know how to party, it was something special.  Once again our son took our picture all dressed up for the ball as we were ready to leave.  It seems like yesterday that we were heading out to the Hotel.  

Presenting the colors

San Jose, Marine Security Guards
Cutting the cake
 We want to thank all those who served in the military to help keep the US free and the greatest nation on the earth.

Thank you all.


1 comment:

  1. Nice...I remember you talking about them and how much fun they were.