Ceremony at Laurel Hill Cemetery on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Join active and retired members of the United States Marine Corps at Laurel Hill Cemetery as they commemorate the 245th anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps. Tradition holds that the very first men to enlist in the Corps did so right here in Philadelphia on November 10, 1775, at the Tun Tavern.
A service will take place at the gravesite of Brigadier General Jacob A. Zeilin, the first United States Marine non-brevet general, who served as the seventh Commandant of the Corps from 1864 to 1876. He is also credited with approving the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor, the Marine Corps emblem which is still proudly in use to this day.
The service will take place on Wednesday, November 10, at 11:00 am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132.
This event is FREE and open to the public but RSVPs are requested; a $5 donation in support of the Friends of Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries is appreciated.