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Ralph Franklin, 99, cuts the birthday cake with a sword.

Marine Corps celebrate 244th birthday with a Sarasota gathering

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 |

Ralph Franklin, 99, cuts the birthday cake with a sword.

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Ralph Franklin, Zach Wiegele and Major General Jarvis Lynch

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 |

Ralph Franklin, Zach Wiegele and Major General Jarvis Lynch

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Thomas Smith and Phil Reilly

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 |

Thomas Smith and Phil Reilly

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Master Gunnery Sergeant Kim Miller and Master Gunnery Sergeant Vickie Yanics

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 |

Master Gunnery Sergeant Kim Miller and Master Gunnery Sergeant Vickie Yanics

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Sergeant Brooke Weston and Sergeant Lou Mikos

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 |

Sergeant Brooke Weston and Sergeant Lou Mikos

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Walter Mattson and William Burchette

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 |

Walter Mattson and William Burchette

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A cake cutting ceremony is a major part of the Marine Corps birthday.

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 |

A cake cutting ceremony is a major part of the Marine Corps birthday.

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Major General Jarvis Lynch, Sarasota Military Academy student Henry Duval and Tom Roadley

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 |

Major General Jarvis Lynch, Sarasota Military Academy student Henry Duval and Tom Roadley

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Jim Govostes, Bill Slater and Lamar Moxley

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 |

Jim Govostes, Bill Slater and Lamar Moxley

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Thomas Smith holds his phone to the microphone to play "The Marines' Hymn" for the group.

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 |

Thomas Smith holds his phone to the microphone to play "The Marines' Hymn" for the group.

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The crowd stands for "The Marines' Hymn."

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 |

The crowd stands for "The Marines' Hymn."

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Lieutenant Colonel Rolland Freeman and his son, Mark Freeman, left.

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 |

Lieutenant Colonel Rolland Freeman and his son, Mark Freeman, left.

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