During the prayer, Price asked for guidance.
“Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose, in deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines,” he prayed.
Founded by a resolution of the Continental Congress on Nov. 10, 1775, thousands of men have gone through the Marine Corps since, Price said.
“In memory of them, it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mine the glories of its long and illustrious history,” he quoted John Lejeune, the 13th commandant of the Marine Corps, who offered a message to the corps on Nov. 1, 1921.
In Lejeune’s message, Lejeune wrote that the Marines had won in every war from the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne.
Since then, the Marines have fought in numerous other battles.
In Gen. M.W. Hagee’s message to the Marines, he wrote:
“Each year, as we celebrate our birthday, we pause to reflect on the Marines of yesteryear who fought in our touchstone battles and forged the modern Marine Corps with their courage, integrity and undying commitments to their fellow Marines,” Hagee wrote.
Each of the battles is a link in a long chain, which binds the Marines together from the Continental Marines at Bunker Hill to the Teufelhunden crossing the wheat fields of Belleau Wood, Price quoted Hagee.
“This chain binds us to the Marines on the crest of Mount Suribachi, it passes through the ice and snow of the Chosin Reservoir and the steaming jungles of Vietnam and it anchors firmly today in the desert sands of Iraq,” Hagee continued.
After reading the message, Price toasted each of the military branches, the law enforcement and peace offices, correctional officers and all service members serving overseas.
Following a cake cutting ceremony, the traditional passing of a piece of cake was conducted. The oldest Marine Jim Campbell, who served during World War II, passed the piece of cake to the youngest Marine Darron Gall, who served during peace time with the order, “Give them hell,” Campbell said.