Hundreds gather to celebrate Marine Corps Reserve’s centennial

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 30, 2016

The Marine Corps Reserve turned 100 years old Monday, and hundreds of active-duty, former and future Marines celebrated with a mass gathering in New York City’s Times Square.

The Once a Marine, Always a Marine formation, which included Marines from World War II to the present, kicked off a yearlong centennial celebration for the reserve force, a Marine Corps statement said.

“The presence of these Marines is a reminder to our country that our nation’s most treasured resources are the brave men and women who volunteered to serve when this country calls,” Lt. Gen. Rex McMillian, commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, said in the statement. “This gathering is a reminder to all Marines who ever served that you are still a member of the Corps.”

The celebration wrapped up with McMillian giving the oath of enlistment to a group of recruits.

Learn more about upcoming centennial events at marines.mil/usmcr100.


Marines salute the colors in Times Square during the Once a Marine, Always a Marine formation in celebration of the Marine Corps Reserve's 100th anniversary, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in New York City.

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