The Ellis County Marine Corps League Detachment 1452 will be celebrating the Marine Corps’ 244th birthday by hosting a Marine Corps Birthday Ball from 5:30 to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Texas Motorplex’s Champions Club Event Center. This event is $50 per person and anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited to only 192 guests for this rare historical event.

The event’s sequence of events includes: a cocktail hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. as guest arrive; A traditional cake-cutting ceremony will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. The guest of honors comments and an awards presentation for members will be held from 7 to 7:30 p.m. with dinner to follow until 8:30 p.m. Dancing will conclude the celebration from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

“It it is truly an honor to be able to experience this level of Marine Corps ceremonial tradition,” said

The Commandant of the Detachment, Life Member, Robert Bell. “This detachment of Marines and Associate members has far surpassed any expectations I had when I founded the Detachment back in 2017. This Marine Corps Ball allows the Marines an opportunity to honor the commitment they made when they raised their right hand and swore an oath ‘to support and defend the constitution of the United States of America’ as a United States Marine, which is a lifetime commitment. We want the community to be able to experience this highly sought after event and hope that they will continue to spread the word for us to expand the event as the years pass.”

The Marine Corps was created in 1775 during the Revolutionary War when the Continental Congress passed a resolution ordering that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces for the recently formed Continental Navy, therefore, the Corps was born at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Nov. 10, 1775 by Captain Samuel Nicholas (the first Commandant of the Marine Corps.)

The annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball is a celebration of Marine Corps history and traditions. It represents where the Marine Corps started and where it is now; while giving us a glimpse of the past, present and future. Throughout the world Nov. 10, Marines celebrate the birth of their Corps -- the most loyal, feared, revered, and professional fighting force the world has ever known.

The first "formal" Birthday Ball took place in Philadelphia in 1925. Guests included the Commandant, the Secretary of War (known today as the Secretary of Defense), and a host of statesmen and elected officials. Prior to the Ball, General John A. Lejeune (13th Commandant of the Marine Corps) unveiled a memorial plaque at Tun Tavern. Then the entourage headed for the Benjamin Franklin Hotel for an evening of celebration.

The Ellis County Detachment 1452, Marine Corps League, is a nonprofit corporation with a 501 (c)(4) designation within the Internal Revenue Code of the Internal Revenue Service. The Detachment is tax-exempt within the Marine Corps League’s Group Exemption (code 0955) with the Internal Revenue Service. All donations to the Detachment are typically tax-deductible for the donor.

Tickets can be purchased at https://mcbirthdayball-2019-ecodet1452.eventbrite.com or you can enter ‘Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Ellis County, Texas’ into your search engine. As of Sept. 5 there are 150 seats remaining.

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