VAN WERT — On Nov. 10, 1775, a group of men drinking in a tavern in Philadelphia decided they wanted to create an elite fighting force that would accommodate land, air and sea. After this meeting the Marine Corps was born. Every year all over the world wherever Marines are stationed, the Marine Corps birthday is celebrated.

Whether they served on the hallowed grounds of Belleau Wood, fought on the iconic battlefields of World War II, navigated the harsh terrain and climate of the Chosin Reservoir or Vietnam, conducted assaults during Desert Storm, marched on Baghdad, fought in close combat in Fallajah, or conducted combat operations in Afghanistan, everyone who wears the Eagle, Globe and Anchor is a member of that storied legacy.

As Marines celebrate the 242nd birthday of the Corps, they pay tribute to all who have served and remember their fallen heroes. Marines take great pride in their legacy and the fine men and women who carry the colors into the future. Marines extend their heartfelt thanks to their families for their steadfast support.

This year on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, the 242nd birthday for the US Marines will be celebrated at Van Wert VFW Post 5803 on 111 N. Shannon St . A cocktail hour, dinner, guest speakers, entertainment and a cake cutting ceremony will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. All Van Wert County Marines are invited to attend. Thanks to the generous donations of local and national sponsors local Marines are able to have the celebration. A list of donors will be posted at the VFW.

For information and tickets call Leslie Moser at 419-860-3264.