ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Celebrating a part of the military that's older than the nation it defends, on Thursday current, former and cadet marines gathered at Alexandria Senior High for the 242nd birthday of the United States Marines.
Over 100 of ASH's ROTC cadets held a birthday ceremony to honor the branch that was established on November 10, 1775.
After the colors were posted, cadets processed to the front of the ceremony with a birthday cake.
The highest ranking marine cut the cake with a saber and then gave a piece to the oldest marine to pass to the youngest marine in the battalion.
This symbolizes the passing of experience, honor and the heart of the Corps. to the next generation.
"Since I'm going into the Marine Corps. it means a whole lot to me that I can see and reflect on this stuff," said Battalion Commander Ethan Myatt. "So, that when I get into the Marine Corps. all this stuff is just going to be a great memory to me."
The Cadet Sergeant Major of the Battalion Katelyn Peltier said she is proud to be a part of a group that upholds honor, courage and commitment.
"It means a lot to me like seeing all the cadets having a great bond together," Peltier said. "We are just all one family here."
Marines all across the United States will take part in the same traditional birthday ceremony and cake cutting on Friday.