The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 10.11.1978, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 10.11.1978, Blaðsíða 1
Marines celebrate 203rd birthday The use of fighting men as part of the regular complement of ships of war was common to the maritime states of Greece at least five hun- dred years before the Christian Era. An organization of Marines, as a regular branch of American service, was formed by an.act.of the Continental Congress passed on November 10, 1775. Today marks the 203rd birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The Marines at Naval Station Keflavik will be celebrating the event beginning at 1 p.m. today with a memorial service at the station chapel. Tonight the Marines will be partaking in the annual Marine Ball at the Officers Club. Captain Thomas J. Keene, NavStaKef Commanding Officer will be the guest of honor for the event. . i< t=i3 ~ri as3 ¦ Volume 34, Number 45>'.. Keflavik, Iceland November 10, 1978 .. ,j. atiHf Veterans Day celebrated tomorrow -¦; . It is particularly fitting that Veterans Day should be returned this year to the traditional Nov. 11 Armistice Day observance, since 1978 marks the 60th anniversary of the silencing of the guns of World War I. The hostilities, which began late in July 1914, were suspended! on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. At War's end, General John J . Pershing said to the men of the American Expeditionary Forces: "The enemy has capitulated. It is fitting that I address myself in thanks directly to the officers and soldiers of the American Expedition- ary Forces who by their heroic efforts ;-have made possible this glorious result. Our armies, hurriedly raised and hastily trained, met a veteran enemy, and tby courage, discipline and skill always defeated him..." The World War I armistice led to spontaneous and boisterous demon- strations in the United States and all over the world. Then veterans returned to their civilian pursuits, Those who did not lie under the fields of crosses scattered across Europe. In the following years, Armistice Day cere- monies were always led by the contingents of former doughboys. As age reduced theirranks, they have been given the place of honor at the head of processions on Arm- istice Day and the subsequent Veterans Day. The war dead are also especially honored. Focal point for the Nation's memorial.services on. Veterans Day is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, located in Virginia just,across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. . In 1920, two years after ,the WWI Armistice, an unknown French soldier was buried under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, while across the English Channel, a British unknown soldier was buried in Westminster Abbey in London, England. The following year, a U.S. unknown soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with honors such as the Nation's capita: had not seen since the end of the Civil War. The remains of uniden- tified war dead from subsequent U.S. wars have also been interred there at:the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. line , ¦ ij;D u ¦- law t, n continued on page 2

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