From Harford County government:
Approximately 20 members of the Harford Detachment of the Marine Corps League turned out early Thursday morning in Bel Air for a brief ceremony at the Harford County Government Administration Building. The Harford Detachment of the Marine Corps League raised the flag of the United States Marine Corps at the County Office Building honoring the Corps on its 236th Anniversary.
Harford County Executive David R. Craig approved the special request from the local detachment of the Marine Corps League.
A number of county employees, some whose family members served in the Marine Corps, were on hand for the special flag raising ceremony. Also among those in attendance was County Council member James McMahan a veteran of the United States Army.
This marked the fourth consecutive year the Harford Detachment of the Marine Corps League has been honored by Harford County Government and permitted to raise the flag of the United States Marine Corps at the County Administration Building.
Commenting on the 236th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, Director of Administration Mary Chance stated, “Harford County Government is proud of the distinguished service and history of the Marine Corps and of all those who have served our great county protecting our freedoms and democracy.”
The Marine Corps was officially formed during the American Revolution, when a committee of the Continental Congress to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines to be able to fight for independence at sea or on shore. The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775 which officially formed the Continental Marines. Each year the Marine Corps marks November 10th with a celebration of the brave men who have served to defend the United States as Marines.