The United States Marine Corps celebrates its 237th birthday on Saturday, November 10, with traditional cake-cutting ceremonies and formal events scheduled in all parts of the globe.

To mark the occasion, Stars and Stripes offers a look at one of the Corps' most hallowed symbols — the Marine Corps War Memorial at Arlington, Va., which depicts the famed flag-raising on Mount Suribachi during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima. Two noted Marine veterans — Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Harvey "Barney" Barnum and former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. P.X. Kelley — talk about the memorial and the hard-fought battle that inspired it.

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