House unanimously adopts Readshaw resolution designating ‘Marine Corps Day’ in Pennsylvania

Resolution honors Corps’ 243rd birthday

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – The House today unanimously adopted a resolution designating Nov. 10, 2018, as “Marine Corps Day” in Pennsylvania, according to the resolution’s sponsor, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny.

A former Marine, Readshaw said he introduced the resolution in keeping with the tradition of previous legislators and fellow Marines including Sam Hayes, Richard Chess, Ed Zemprelli, Paul McHale, Tom Tigue, John Broujos, Merle Phillips and Bill DeWeese.

“I introduced this resolution to honor the long and proud history of the U.S. Marine Corps, starting with the resolution that founded the Continental Marines on Nov. 10, 1775, and going forward with men and women serving throughout the world today,” Readshaw said. “The Marines truly embody the motto ‘Semper Fidelis,’ which translates from the Latin as ‘always faithful’ and signifies the defense of freedom and democracy worldwide.”

Readshaw then read the final lines of “The Marines’ Hymn”:

Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

Readshaw added, “Mister Speaker, not to offend my brothers who served in other arms of the military, but the fact of the matter is, they will find the streets guarded by U.S. Marines.”