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My husband, a combat veteran, served with the USMC. My father, also a combat veteran and a DAV, served in the Army as an Airborne Ranger. In gratitude to them and so very many others, I wanted to share this post from Operation Gratitude for Veterans’ Day ~ Sandi

Operation Gratitude Blog

A guest post from John Adams, the Director of Strategic Operations for Operation Gratitude:

On November 10 every year, the Marine Corps celebrates the Marine Corps Birthday. One unique tradition in the birthday celebration is the cutting of the birthday cake. The first piece of cut cake goes to the Guest of Honor. The second piece is presented to the oldest Marine in the ceremony, signifying the honor and respect accorded to experience and seniority. Theeldest Marine then presents the piece of cake to the youngest Marine present. The gesture symbolizes years of experienced Marines nurturing and leading young Marines. Just like every other branch of the American military, the Marines take great pride in their heritage and the veterans that lived through it.

I have always found this symbolic gesture special. I am well aware of the veterans who have paved a path for me. That path has given me the exceptional honor to have served…

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