"That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one colonel, two lieutenant colonels, two majors and officers as usual in other regiments, that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken that no person be appointed to office or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea." (Resolution of the Continental Congress, 10 November 1775.)
November 10 marks the birthday of the United States Marine Corps. On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution calling for the creation of two battalions of Marines to serve the new nation. Each year in Marine posts throughout the world, traditions such as the birthday ball and the cutting of birthday cake continue, bonding generations of warriors together as they celebrate their shared brotherhood.
The Fredericksburg Branch is hosting a panel of community members who will share their experiences from the Vietnam War era on Thursday, November 30, at 7:00. As combatants or civilians, these first-hand witnesses to the war itself or to the climate at home will explore how Vietnam was understood in the 1960s and 1970s and is understood today. Invited panelists are a diverse group, including men, women, American veterans, Vietnamese, and anti-war activists. They are: Shelley Freitag, Tina Norkus, Bruce H. "Doc" Norton, Michael Steele, and Clint Van Zandt. Our moderator will be former Free Lance-Star editor Ed Jones.
When Mary Downing Hahn writes a book, she works along steadily until that magic moment when the characters develop their own voices. Whether it's a mean-mouthed boy who is hiding family secrets or a girl who is terrified of the ghostly presence haunting her small step-sister, this author's characters tell their own stories both believably and intriguingly.