Marine Corps birthday celebration

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Photos courtesy Tanice Ramsperger 

Pagosa Springs Marines held their annual Marine Corps birthday celebration on Nov. 10 at Pagosa Brewing Company, celebrating the Marine Corps’ 246th birthday. On that date in 1775, the Continental Marines were established. The party is a celebration of Marine Corps history and traditions. All Marines, active and retired, Navy corpsmen and friends of Marines were invited. A time-honored tradition is the cake-cutting ceremony. The first piece of cake is given to the oldest Marine attending. This year, it was 86-year-old Dave Donahoo, who entered the Marine Corps in 1954. That piece of cake was then passed to the youngest Marine attending, who was 44-year-old Cedar Sorrell; she entered the Marines in 1995. The cake was cut by Ed Robinson. This represents passing of experience and knowledge from the old to the young of our corps. It is also a tradition to wish a Marine happy birthday on the date. A good time was had by all.