242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball to be Held in Morgantown


The Earl Anderson Marine Corps League Detachment 342 is inviting active military, veterans and the community to the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

“As a Marine we always look forward to our birthday celebrations,” said Marine Corps League member Jamie Summerlin. “It’s a time to get together and wear our dress blues and be able to celebrate the history and pageantry of the Marine Corps.”

Detachments from around the state and other branches of the military will come together for an evening of dinner, dancing and traditions that include the presentation of the colors, message from the Commandant, a cake cutting ceremony and more.

“It’s actually done with the mameluke sword,” Summerlin said describing the tradition. “The NCO sword does the cutting of the cake and then the cake pieces are presented the oldest and youngest marine that are identified at the celebration as well as the third piece being given to our keynote speaker.

This year’s keynote speaker will be retired Major Rick Nealis, Director of the Marine Corps marathon.

Proceeds from the event benefit the local Marine Corps League.

“The Marine Corps League here in North Central West Virginia, if there’s a military funeral service we’re there,” Summerlin said. “If there’s a flag rising, we’re there. If there’s a color guard ceremony, the Marine Corps League will typically lead those parades as we’re there. We also provide scholarships for high school students, so there’s opportunities to do that and support other veterans in our community as well.”

The event is sponsored by the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, Operation Welcome Home and host hotels the Courtyard Marriott by Morgantown and Fairfield Inn & Suites.

The ball will be held on November 10th from 6-10 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Lynch Ballroom at 379 North Parkview Drive in Star City.  

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit mcl342.org

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