US Marine Corps celebrates 244th birthday with special lunch at convention center

SOUTH BOSTON — 2,500 guests attended the 244th birthday of the US Marine Corps at a special lunch held by the Semper Fidelis Society Boston at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Among those on hand to help in the celebration were US Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, Admiral Mike Gilday, chief of naval operations, and General David H. Berger, the 38th commandant of the US Marine Corps.

The luncheon also included a spectacular birthday cake by Montilio’s Baking Company, a toast by Colonel Barney Barnum, an invocation by Father Matt Westcott, with the presentation of colors by the US Marine Corps, and the national anthem, which was performed by the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. Tom Lyons served as the event’s emcee.

All photos by Bill Brett

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