ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Thursday was a special day for the United States Marine Corps as the branch celebrated its 244th birthday.
Marines across the nation paused for a cake cutting ceremony, including cadets in Alexandria Senior High's ROTC program.
After the colors were posted, cadets marched 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.
Guest speaker, Master Gunnery Sergeant Terry Hall said it's an honor wearing the uniform of the United States Marine Corps is an honor.
After the ceremony, every cadet got in line for their own piece of birthday cake.
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