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The 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Michael P. Barrett released a birthday message to the Marine Corps outside the Home of the Commandants at Marine Barracks 8th and I streets, Washington, D.C., Oct. 19. The message was given in preparation of the Marine Corps birthday Nov. 10.

"Since our first call to duty 237 years ago, Marines have established a reputation as bold innovators and elite warriors, anchored by our sense of honor and love of country," said Amos. "The service of Marines during conflict, peace and uncertainty has demonstrated an ageless ethos of fidelity and courage that has established who we are."

"Our nation has come to understand that when a crisis occurs or security is threatened, Marines respond quickly an unfailingly," said Barrett. "We accomplish the mission, not most of the time, but every time. This is who we are, this is our legacy."

"The combat valor, competent professionalism, and selfless commitment of today's Marines stand with any in our history," said Amos. "All of us in the Marine Corps family realize our role as America's premier crisis response force. We remain the first to fight. We will continue to be faithful to our nation and to one another, and never take for granted the blessed liberty our country has given us."

“We serve, we all sacrifice,” we have the eagle, globe and anchor tattooed on our soul," said Barrett. "In the last 10 years of war, nearly 14,000 Marines have given more. And despite their wounds, they're not done giving, they're not done living, they're thriving."

"Like all Marines, our wounded warriors live life to the fullest," said Amos. "Participating in sports, they regain their self confidence, and remember again the value of being on a team. They also continue to give back. Some return to their active units, while others succeed in business, while even more return to school. Regardless of hardships resulting from their wounds, these warriors demonstrate some of the purest qualities of Marine selflessness. "

"As we celebrate this year's birthday, take time to reflect on all our corps has accomplished," said Barrett. "Remember those who fought on Guadalcanal, honor the sacrifice of our many brothers and sisters, and remember those that have gone before. Continue to do great deeds and endure."

"Our corps will continue to be defined by our ability to successfully respond to the world's most challenging and chaotic situations," said Amos. "For honor and for country, we'll maintain our world-class standards of discipline, always remembering who we are. Take pride in all that you've accomplished, and know that Sergeant Major Barrett and I appreciate your enduring fidelity, your hard work and your sacrifice. Happy birthday, Marines, and Semper Fidelis."

To see the full birthday message, visit http://www.dvidshub.net/video/158810/honor-country-2012-marine-corps-birthday-message.