Marine Corps celebrates 242nd birthday

Denise Lott

Each year on November 10, the U.S. Marine Corps celebrates throughout the world their founding birthday 240 years ago. Sun Lakes is no exception. The Marines from the East Valley Marines Detachment 1296 held their annual Birthday Ball in November at the Oakwood Country Club. All veterans and friends are invited to the ball to be recognized for their services to our country.

This year’s guest of honor was Colonel John Alexander (USMC, Ret). He traveled to Phoenix along with 15 other Marines who flew to Phoenix from around the country. These 15 Marines had served with Colonel Alexander in their air unit during the Vietnam conflict and held a special reunion while participating in the Ball. They, in turn, met each of our younger Wounded Warrior guests as each group recognized the services of the other generation.

Over 300 guests were present for the dinner, ceremonies and dancing. The Marine JROTC from Vista Grande High School presented the colors and handled the cake ceremony, which included recognizing our oldest Marine and youngest Marine in attendance.

This event is open to the public. All net proceeds go into our Wounded Warrior fund. Our date for next year’s ball is already on the calendar for November 10, 2018.

Detachment 1296 of the Marine Corps League meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Bradford Room at Oakwood Country Club. All visitors are welcome to attend and learn more about the organization. Visit our website at for more information.