Sunday, November 11, 2012

21. Happy 237th Birthday, USMC!

New earrings bought in Malta,
a sparkly headband for the shorty-short 'do,
and Mike's new tie from M&S.
My first Marine Corps Ball : Istanbul, Turkey 2012.

On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date, many thousands have borne the name Marine. In memory of them, it's fitting that the Marines commemorate the birthday of the corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

The Marine Corps has a long history of cooperation with the Dept. of State, going back to the early days of the United States. Marines have served many times on special missions as couriers, guards for embassies and legations, and to protect American citizens in unsettled areas.

The formal and permanent use of Marines as security guards began with the Foreign Service Act of 1946, which authorized the Secretary of the Navy to, upon request of the Secretary of State, assign Marines to serve as security guards under the supervision of the senior diplomatic officer at a diplomatic post. The Marine Security Guards (MSGs) number approximately 1,000 Marines at 51 posts (also known as "detachments"), organized into 9 regional MSG commands, and located in over 133 countries in 18 time zones--as well as its HQ at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
Guest of Honor: Consul General Scott Kilner
Guest Speaker: Major Tanya Murnock
Staff Sergeant: Adam Peerey
Fallen Soldier Table.
Remembering them honors their sacrifice
and that of their families—underscoring the importance
of the commitment to duty made by the living.
Each element on the table symbolizes something specific.
Formal ballroom decor. Pretty!
Our Marine Security Guard Detachment!
Bringing in the traditional cake.
Colors ceremony.
My friend Jelena sent a gnome with me on my travels.
Here he is with the evening's itinerary!
The first formal ball was celebrated in 1925, though no records exist that indicate the proceedings of that event. Birthday celebrations take varied forms and fall on different dates; most include dances, though some accounts from years past include mock battles, musical performances, pageants, and sporting events.

Our Ball was at Movenpark Hotel in the Levent area of Istanbul. It included speeches and video, dinner, dancing, drinking. It really was a good time, and a great chance for all the girls to get dressed up in their formal dresses, hair styles, makeup, etc.

Here we are!
Fabulous fabrics.
Stuart Weitzman sling-back heels. Wow!
Working up a sweat on the dance floor.
Our downstairs neighbors and consulate friends, Traci and Scott. 
Me and my girls: Katherine and Christy. xx


  1. FANTASTIC Tina! You look beautiful as ever. Love the dress. Love the gnome. Love you!

  2. Amazing pictures Tina! Love the history! You looked awesome (as usual)!!!! You are truely blessed! Love you!

  3. Wow! :) it looks like you had an awesome time! :)) thanks for sharing that.


  4. Enjoyed all the info and the pictures. Love, Mom

  5. Wonderful! Just love reading this blog! Netti