The Marines #session

The session for the month of July falls on the 4th. For everywhere but in the US this is just the first Friday of the month. But in the US it is our Independence Day.

This month’s session comes to us from the Pittsburgh Beer Snob. Of all the things we could be tasked with, we find ourselves talking about beer in history.

This is a holiday so I am taking a little bit of a liberty here. I am stepping back in time to November of last year. I originally wrote this post to celebrate the Marine Corps birthday. It seems only fitting that we talk about the birth of the Marines on this day of freedom, they were birthed in preparation of the War for our freedom.

Birth of the Marines

Back on November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress of the future United States of America signed a proclamation for a fighting force of men who were adjusted to a sea going way of life. These men were not sailors. They were men who were equally capable of fighting on land and on sea.

The Marines

flikr Creative Commons Via Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections

This was the proclamation that authorized the birth of the US Marine Corp. Notice the Marines were born before this same congress declared their independence from England.

November 10th is an important birthday for every Marine. From the moment young men and women earn the title Marine, they become part of a long and illustrious history that spans the length of the United States.

Ya, this is pretty big stuff. (Paul Harvey moment… the rest of the story)

The British pub system played a key role in all of the colonies. The pubs were meeting halls, the first buildings erected in most new settlements. These were also the places where the Continental Congress planned the revolution.

As the story goes in Marine Corps lore, when it came time to recruit the men who would be the first to claim the title Marine, they went to the taverns. The call was made and a couple answered. Drinks were bought and the call was made again. A few more answered that call. Drinks were bought again and more answered that call. By the fourth round Tun Tavern was emptied of patrons and the first Marines were born.

Take from that what you will, but it is a humorous story of the birth of the Marines. It also reminds us of the importance the tavern and beer has had in the birth of the US. Something we forget at times.


Happy 4th of July.

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