Alachua Marines Celebrate 238th Birthday
ALACHUA- It started in 1775 and is still going strong. The U.S Marine Corps turned 238 years-old today. Members of the Alachua County Marine Corps League spent the day getting birthday wishes and giving them out to fellow marines. The league celebrated the day recruiting new members and reconnecting with old ones. A member of the group says it's all about bringing marines together to keep the tradition alive.
Jim Yakubsin, of the Alachua County Marine Corps League, said , "It helps everyone one of us to talk about what we went through cause everybody has been through different things and when you put things together and talk to 2 or 3 different guys you're going to find out things that, 'oh you did that? I was there' and you make some good friendships, good camaraderie." The league is selling commemerative bricks that will be placed in a veteran memorial in city hall. The money raised will go into a building fund for a new office.
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