The Kern County Veterans Service Department will commemorate the 242nd Birthday of the United States Marine Corps during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2017.

The celebration will be held at the office located at 1120 Golden State Ave. 

The public is invited to this patriotic event that will be held in the parking lot of the Veterans Service Department and includes: A presentation of the colors by a Marine Corps Color Guard, National Anthem, bagpipes, and reading of remarks from 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General John Lejeune, and the current Commandant, General Robert Neller, will precede the traditional cake cutting ceremony.

Historically, during this ceremony, the first piece of cake is served to the oldest Marine present and the second piece is served to the youngest Marine present. This year’s cake will be photo-worthy. Division flags representing all Marine Corps Divisions will be on display. For more information call 868-7300. 

Prior to the ceremony the legendary S.O.S. breakfast will be served by the Pickled Pellet Heads Competition BBQ Team at 8 a.m. while supplies last.

The Marine Corps’ roots can be traced to November 10, 1775 when two battalions of Marines were established and authorized by the Continental Congress to conduct ship-to-ship fighting, provide shipboard security and discipline enforcement, and assist in landing forces.

The goal of the Kern County Veterans Service Department remains the same today as when it was first established in 1944: To assist veterans, their dependents, and survivors to obtain the benefits they have. 




  • Occurred Friday, November 10th, 2017 @ 8:00 am


Veterans Service Department, parking lot