Monday, November 10, Marine Corps League Rockford Detachment #083 lined the corridor of the oncology ward. Inside Room 736 lay their hospitalized brother, the recipient of a leukemia diagnosis and three weeks of chemotherapy.
The members joined voices to sing their beloved Marine Corps Hymn. After, the detachment presented a slice of the ceremonial cake to their brother in communion and fellowship with the Corps.
Two days prior, a Mameluke sword sliced that ceremonial birthday cake at the Marine Corps Ball in a tradition upheld by U.S. Marines throughout the world every November 10th.
After the first slice was presented to the ball’s guest of honor, the second was presented to the youngest Marine by the eldest.
The custom signifies the passing of experience and knowledge from the old to the young. The ceremony symbolizes commitment and renewal to the Corps and to our nation’s quest for peace and freedom worldwide.
Monday night, Detachment #083 exemplified commitment and fidelity through communion, presence, and song. It was a snapshot of honor, dignity, and devotedness.
To them and to all veterans, thank you. Thank you for your service. Thank you for your faithfulness. Semper Fidelis!
Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (New King James Version NKJV)