The recently-opened Marine Corps Museum is impressive, especially for leathernecks. It's just off route 95 outside of Marine Corps Base Quantico, about 25 miles outside DC. And there's an old-fashioned tavern brewpub right in the museum!

Tun Tavern: Also located on the Second Deck, Tun Tavern is a recreation of the 18th century public tavern in Philadelphia, PA in which, according to legend, the first Colonial Marines were recruited in 1775 by Captain Samuel Nicholas. Open 11:00 to 5:00 p.m., Tun Tavern seats up to 30 and offers a full lunch menu and alcoholic beverage service.

Scott Brooks adds:

Marine Corps History: On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution stating that "two battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. This established the Continental Marines and marked the birth of the United States Marine Corps.

It's the 232rd birthday of the USMC!

I am grateful to the Marines and all those who fought for the freedoms that I enjoy today. Thought I have never been in the military nor had to fight in a war (which I consider one of the greatest blessings of my life), I honor those that have. To my friends who served and fought, I say thank you!


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