The 233rd birthday of the Marine Corps is 10 November. It's the day when Marines throughout the world—both active and former—will be attending celebrations and galas. Young Marines in their first set of dress blues, accompanied by their equally young girlfriends wearing last year's high school prom dresses, will proudly rub elbows with the captains, majors, and other senior officers under whom they serve.
But this day isn't necessarily a formal occasion; all over the country fathers dress up to take their Marine sons out for an evening, or a son will be sure to take his old man out for a few drinks. You see, tradition isn't built on dining and dancing, it's built on the remembrance and recognition of those who came before you.
In many cases, being a Marine is a family tradition. There are many birthday balls where sons, fathers, uncles, and cousins attend en masse—a family fire-team or a 155-mm gun crew, if you like—and they'll tell you that becoming a Marine was one way of following in Dad's footsteps. In many cases, becoming a Marine was something they'd wanted to do since they were little boys.