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Marines’ birthday observance Nov. 10

Published: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

POLO – The Dixon Area Marine Corps League Detachment will mark the corps’ 238th birthday with a birthday pageant at 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at Just Us Place, 601 N. Union Ave.

The program is open to the public. This year’s celebration is in honor of Staff Sgt. Justus Bartelt of Polo, who died in 2010 in Afghanistan.

Traditionally, regardless of location, Marines pause to observe their birthday by sharing a cake. A sword is used to cut the cake as a reminder that they are a band of warriors, committed to carrying the sword, so that the nation may live in peace.

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