Be the Belle of the (USMC Birthday) Ball!

In November, Marines around the world celebrate the birth of their beloved Corps.  Founded on November 10, 1775, at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Marines really love celebrating their birthday every year. 

The celebration typically entails a formal ball, complete with hundreds of Marines dressed in their dress blue uniform (swoon!), and they bring dates all gussied up in beautiful gowns, proud to be escorting their Marine to the birthday ball.

If you’ve never been to one, it’s quite an experience! However, there are a few things one should know before going to the ball.  It’s helpful to know about the history behind the celebration, some general USMC history, and   

I’m grateful MCFTB 29 Palms has decided to put together a “Belle of the Ball” workshop being held in conjunction with the Twentynine Palms ASYMCA Ballgown Giveaway.  I strongly encourage anyone who has never been to a ball to attend this class on September 22, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Even if you have been but were not sure about where the customs and traditions, like the reading of General John A. Lejeune’s birthday message, come from or if your attire is appropriate then you should go! I wish they’d had such a thing when I attend our first USMC Birthday Ball back in…let’s just say, the 90s.



My husband and I at the Maintenance Battalion ball on Camp Pendleton on November 18, 2009

Below are the details

The Belle of the Ball Workshop
Saturday, September 22nd
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
MCCS Community Center, BLDG. 1004

L.I.N.K.S. and ASYMCA join forces in holding a class on Marine Corps ball history, traditions, etiquette and social customs. 

-Finding a dress for your body type
-How to do an easy do-it-yourself updo

-Makeup application
-Simple dance moves to impress your hubby

*First 80 to register will have a reserved block of time to obtain their dress during the class at the ASYMCA Ball Gown Giveaway being held on site. E-5 and below will have first priority.

Register at

or call 760-830-1696


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