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    Why Congress Should Support the Marine Corps’ 250th Anniversary Coin Act

    Why Congress Should Support the Marine Corps' 250th Anniversary Coin Act

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    Today's Marine Corps has come a long way from its humble origins in a Philadelphia tavern in 1775. First established as a landing for the Navy, Marines fought to secure the independence of our nation in the Revolutionary War. The Marine Corps has gone on to safeguard our freedom in every clime and place and in every war our nation has fought since then. Many have heard of battles in places like Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima, Chosin, Khe Sanh, Fallujah and Marjah.

    Since those early days, Marine Corps capabilities have evolved in ways our founders could have never imagined, and our Marine Corps today is an integrated -ground team, capable of rapidly deploying to any conflict or crisis in the world. However, one thing has remained constant: the men and women of the Marine Corps. Always faithful, they have been our nation's finest examples of honor, courage and commitment for nearly 250 years.

    Right now, Congress has the opportunity to help Americans honor the Marine Corps legacy of bravery and selfless service on a national scale, in a way that won't cost taxpayers a single cent. A bipartisan group of Marine veterans serving in Congress — Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Dan Sullivan,…

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