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Marines celebrate 243rd birthday

The Marine Corps Color Guard posts the colors during the Marine Corps Ball at the McNease Convention Center, San Angleo, Texas, Nov. 2, 2018. The Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow members, family and friends celebrated the 243rd birthday early this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

The Marine Corps Color Guard posts the colors during the Marine Corps Ball at the McNease Convention Center, San Angleo, Texas, Nov. 2, 2018. The Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow members, family and friends celebrated the 243rd birthday early this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Retired Gen. Michael Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, guest of honor, speaks during the Marine Corps Ball at the McNease Convention Center, San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 2, 2018. Hagee spoke about Marines, their legacy and the fact that they are family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Retired Gen. Michael Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, guest of honor, speaks during the Marine Corps Ball at the McNease Convention Center, San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 2, 2018. Hagee spoke about Marines, their legacy and the fact that they are family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Members of Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow present the official birthday cake during the Marine Corps Ball at the McNease Convention Center, San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 2, 2018. The birthday cake is presented to the commanding officer to cut, the first piece given to the guest of honor and the second passed from the oldest serving Marine to the youngest serving Marine in attendance, representing the passing of knowledge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Members of Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow present the official birthday cake during the Marine Corps Ball at the McNease Convention Center, San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 2, 2018. The birthday cake is presented to the commanding officer to cut, the first piece given to the guest of honor and the second passed from the oldest serving Marine to the youngest serving Marine in attendance, representing the passing of knowledge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Jason Furman, Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow executive officer, reads the birthday message of Gen. John J. Lejeune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, during the Marine Corps Ball at the McNease Convention Center, San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 2, 2018. Issued in Marine Corps Order 47, Lejeune was the first Commandant to issue a birthday message to Marines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Jason Furman, Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow executive officer, reads the birthday message of Gen. John J. Lejeune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, during the Marine Corps Ball at the McNease Convention Center, San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 2, 2018. Issued in Marine Corps Order 47, Lejeune was the first Commandant to issue a birthday message to Marines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Retired Gen. Michael Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, guest of honor at the Marine Corps Ball, accepts a gift from the Marine Corp Detachment Goodfellow during the Marine Corps Ball at the McNease Convention Center, San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 2, 2018. Hagee reminded the Marines that they are all united in being Marines and always will be. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Retired Gen. Michael Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, guest of honor at the Marine Corps Ball, accepts a gift from the Marine Corp Detachment Goodfellow during the Marine Corps Ball at the McNease Convention Center, San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 2, 2018. Hagee reminded the Marines that they are all united in being Marines and always will be. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Members of the Marine Detachment at Goodfellow, family and friends celebrated the Marine’s 243rd birthday early at the McNease Convention Center, San Angelo, Texas on Nov. 2.

The Ball featured posting of the colors, a reading of General John J. Lejeune’s birthday message from 1921, cutting of the birthday cake and guest speaker, retired Gen. Michael Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps.

“Every Marine has a flame burning inside them,” said Hagee. “Sometimes it is burning bright like tonight and sometimes it is just a flicker, but it is always there. That is what unites us all.”