R 091150Z OCT 20
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of all United States Marines, past and present, I extend congratulations to the United States Navy on their 245th birthday.
2. Since its creation on 13 October 1775, the United States Navy has played a critical role in the creation and defense of our great Republic, and Marines everywhere are proud to hold the line alongside the courageous Sailors who form the Navy ranks. Our great Navy has served the Nation well in times of conflict and in peace. Marines are honored to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Navy as part of the Nation’s naval force in readiness.
3. Along with marking the 245th anniversary of the Navy, this year also commemorates the 75th anniversary of some defining battles as well as the end of World War II hostilities. At the Battle of Iwo Jima, five Sailors earned the Nation’s highest award for valor supporting Marines in the fight, with two sacrificing their own lives to assist fallen Marines. It seems fitting to look to the “greatest generation” for an example of the courage and willingness to sacrifice that are hallmarks of the United States Sea Services.
4. Bravery exhibited by Sailors like those at Iwo Jima have made our Nation’s Navy the finest in the world for nearly two and half centuries. Marines take great pride in the many battles we have fought alongside our Navy counterparts. On behalf of the entire Marine Corps, it is my distinct honor to congratulate the United States Navy on its 245th Birthday.
5. Semper Fidelis, David H. Berger, General, United States Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//