R 291249Z JAN 21
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/1ST MARINE DIVISION ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of all Marines and Sailors, past and present, I extend my congratulations to the 1st Marine Division on the 80th anniversary of its founding.
2. Members of the Blue Diamond have served with honor and distinction in every clime and place – from the steaming jungles of Guadalcanal and the frozen mountains of North Korea, to the battlefields of Vietnam and the mountains and cities of Afghanistan and Iraq. You answer every call with legendary tenacity and devotion to duty.
3. Since 1st MarDiv was formally established on 1 February 1941, the division has earned a distinguished place in our Corps’ and our Nation’s history. On this significant milestone, we recognize all who have served and continue to serve in the Blue Diamond – especially those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for Corps and country.
4. Happy Anniversary and Semper Fidelis, David H. Berger, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//