It's not a birthday celebration without the cake, and Marines and others celebrated the 244th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps on Friday.

The Patriots of Kern and the Golden Empire Detachment of the Marine Corps League marked the occasion at the Kern County Veterans Service Department.

"The Marine Corps’ roots can be traced to Nov. 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," according to organizers of the event.

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