Annual Marine Corps
Friday, November 10th, 2017
at Laurel Hill Cemetery
At 10:00 am on November 10th the annual Salute to the U.S. Marine Corps on its 242nd Birthday took place at the grave and memorial to the 7th Commandant of the Marine Corps Jacob Zeilin.
Brigadier General Jacob Zeilin advocated the importance of the Marines to a Congress desiring to eliminate it in 1775 and was buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Active and retired members of the United States Marine Corps at Laurel Hill Cemetery commemorated the 242nd anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps in Philadelphia on November 10, 1775. A service took place place at the gravesite of Brigadier General Jacob A. Zeilin, the first United States Marine non-brevet general, who served as the seventh Commandant of the Corps from 1864 to 1876.
Captain Francis Spencer (USN), Commanding Officer of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, spoke of the importance of Jacob Zeilin and the region and the achievements of the Marines in past wars and conflicts.
After the service the Laurel Hill Cemetery the Meade Society’s Jerry McCormick marked Veterans’ Day with a tour of the final resting places of those who served our country and died in battle in the Revolutionary War, the Indian Wars, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, in Korea, and in the Vietnam Conflict. Their heroic exploits were relived and honored.
Members of the General Meade Society and Laurel Hill Cemetery joined members of the United States Marine Corps, veterans, and interested citizens in the celebration of the birthday of the Corps.