HARRISBURG – The state House of Representatives has unanimously approved Rep. Frank Ryan’s (R-Lebanon) measure recognizing the founding of the United States Marine Corps.
A retired Marine Reserve colonel, Ryan reminded his colleagues that the Corps was founded as the Continental Marines by a resolution passed by the Second Continental Congress on Nov. 10, 1775.
“The birth of the Marine Corps was to augment naval forces and the Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, which was the original recruiting headquarters and is considered the Marine Corps’ birthplace,” Ryan said. “The Marine Corps has fought with great courage on six continents and in every conflict in American history. They have fought valiantly in defense of the United States and its citizens and principles. The Corps also supports peacekeeping missions and humanitarian operations in numerous countries.”
The passage of Ryan’s resolution establishes Nov. 10, 2017, as “Marine Corps Day” in Pennsylvania in honor of the United States Marine Corps’ birthday.
As a Marine Reserve officer, Ryan was recalled to active duty in December 2004 and served with Multi-National Force-Iraq until June 2005. Prior to his initial retirement in 2002, Ryan served as the Central Command Special Operations Officer during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Representative Frank Ryan
101st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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