The American Legion Charles F. Hamblen Post #37 is in the process of restoring some of its original artifacts — memorabilia often contributed lovingly by members past and present.
For many years, a large original painting of the iconic photo of “Marines Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” graced one wall in the dining room. During recent construction, the painting was removed, and because of age and neglect, the painting could not be preserved.
As the result of a fundraiser by Forward March Inc. on June 14, 2016, local artist Tim Murphy was commissioned to create an original oil reproduction of the famous painting, which was hung in the Legion lounge on the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps, Nov. 10, 2017.
Murphy is known for his collaboration with the Casa Monica Hotel where several of his paintings adorn the entrance to the Flagler Ballroom.
On Nov. 10 , U.S. Marines, no matter where in the world — on active duty or retired, even in hostile situations or combat zones — celebrate the official birthday of the Corps. The U.S. Marine Corps was established in 1775 by an act of the Continental Congress.
The former Tun Tavern, near Philadelphia’s colonial waterfront, is recognized as the location where the first “Continental Marines” enlisted.
That date was formalized in 1921 by then Marine Commandant John A. Lejeune in his now famous Order Number 47, which is read yearly at Marines’ birthday celebrations along with a message from the current commandant. A birthday cake is also presented. This tradition is so significant that a birthday cake-cutting ceremony was standardized in the Marine Drill Manual in 1956.
Lejeune’s message regarding the Nov. 10th date, stated in part, “… we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.”