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2004 Marine Corps Birthday Message from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2004 – Happy 229th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps. Marines have built a legacy of warfighting excellence that has endured throughout our Nation's history a history that continues to be written every day around the globe. The word "Marine" continues to inspire fear in our enemies, hope for those in need, and trust on the part of our allies.

The Marine Corps' warrior spirit and leadership excellence are its hallmarks. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to visit Marines who exemplify these honorable traits while bravely serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, the Western Pacific and other places far from home. What impressed me most is your courage, your professionalism, and your determination to prevail against those who threaten peace and freedom. The men and women of the Marine Corps clearly represent the best in American values.

On behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I salute the efforts of the proud Marines serving today and those who served before. The world is safer today because generations of Marines have been and continue to be willing to serve and sacrifice for our country. Semper Fidelis.

Gen. Richard B. Myers, Gen. USAF

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