Each year on the tenth of November, marines around the world pause to celebrate the birthday of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), a tradition dating back to a 1921 order by the thirteenth commandant of the USMC and “greatest of all Leathernecks,” General John A. Lejeune.
Home to two distinguished former marines, George P. Shultz and, until his recent departure to serve as secretary of defense, General Jim Mattis, Hoover hosts an annual celebration of the US Marine Corps birthday at its Stanford University headquarters.
Hoover invites other current and former marines to join Hoover staff and fellows for the ceremony, which includes a reading of General Lejeune’s 1921 order, a video message from the commandant of the US Marine Corps, a birthday cake cutting, and a toast. Guests in attendance included Hoover staff, fellows, retired marines, and junior marines and Lieutenant Colonel G.D. Hasseltine from the 23rd Marine Regiment in San Bruno, California.
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