Cherry Point Marines celebrate birthday with three-mile run

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Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, left, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, and Sgt. Maj. Christopher G. Robinson, right, sergeant major of the 2nd MAW, wave to people along the road as they lead about 1,000 Marines and sailors on a three-mile run on Friday at Cherry Point. The run was in celebration of the upcoming 238th Marine Corps birthday.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 05:20 PM.

While most may celebrate a birthday with cake, balloons and a party, Marines celebrated a bit differently on Friday at Cherry Point. They ran three miles.

Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, led about 1,000 Marines on a run through parts of the base to celebrate the upcoming 238th birthday of the Marine Corps.

“I’m going to do my next PFT, you all are going to fall out with me and we’re going to run the three miles together,” he told the Marines and sailors after the run. “It’s probably the best I’ve felt on three miles in a long time, so thank you.”

Hedelund mentioned that the day marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands during World War II. He said about 1,200 American and Australians died during the battle but about 18,500 Japanese were killed.

“Fast-forward 70 years, and we’re standing here today, and we have inherited that tradition, that hard-fought victory and that ethos that stays with us and that is part of our ethos today,” he said. “I know you’ve heard from our commandant about how important that ethos is, how important that tradition is to us, to our Corps and indeed to our country, that we carry proudly, wear proudly and viciously protect that ethos, that history and that tradition that Marines die for.

“So, at the beginning of the month that is our birthday, 238 years strong, it is absolutely appropriate that we do something today to commemorate those Marines who died, not just on Bougainville, but throughout our illustrious history and do it with pride, with style and with vigor like we did this morning.”

He said the Marines, sailors and civilians that make up the 2nd MAW do their jobs well.

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