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Read the Commandant's Birthday Ball Message
All requests for a DVD of the Commandant's 2012 Birthday Message from Marine Corps units should be directed to your nearest Combat Visual Information Center (CVIC). Each of the Recruiting district headquarters will receive a master video to be dubbed for distribution to their respective recruiting stations and substations. Recruiting stations and recruiting substations shall forward requests for the DVD to their respective district headquarters. Inspector-instructor units forward requests to Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans, LA. Marine Embassy Security Group detachments forward requests to Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, Marine Corps base Quantico, VA. HQMC DivPA Community Relations will distribute DVDs to the following headquarters of Veteran’s Service Organizations, Marine Corps League, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Requests for DVDs from local chapters should be referred to their respective headquarters for copies of the DVD.
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The Marines' Hymn
From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.
Our Flag's unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in every clime and place, where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes, You will find us always on the job, the United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps, which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we've fought for life and never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's scenes,
they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.
The Marines' Prayer
Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose in deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family. Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Make me considerate of those committed to my leadership. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold. If I am inclined to doubt; steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again. Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer. Amen.