Marines celebrate branch's birthday

By Erika Mahoney

November 10, 2013 Updated Nov 10, 2013 at 1:24 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Every year, Marines around the world celebrate the Marine Corp's birthday, including Marines in Binghamton.

The John W. Thurston Marine Corps League Auxiliary Detachment hosted a dinner Saturday night, on the eve of the Corps' 238th birthday.

The celebration included the cutting of a cake with a ceremonial Marine saber and a speech from special guest speaker Broome County Sherrif David Harder.

Harder spoke about his time in the Marines.

"When I was in high school, I signed up for the 48th Rifle Company Reserve Unit over on Whitney Avenue in Binghamton and I did my time, six years, with that reserve unit back then," Harder said. "And at that time, also, I came on the sheriff's office."

Marines celebrate the Corps' birthday every year and pay tribute to its accomplishments and their fallen brothers and sisters in arms.

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