Posted: Friday, November 16, 2007 by Travis Cody in

I had the extreme good fortune to hear Lou Holtz speak in person. His message then was the same as it is now.

Coach says everybody needs four things in life...you need something to do, you need someone to love, you need something to hope for, and you need something to believe in.

Coach has talked about living your life with P.R.I.D.E. It stands for Personal Responsibility In Daily Excellence.

I think that's a message we're forgetting.

Personal Responsibility In Daily Excellence.

There's no do-overs in life. You can't change yesterday. You don't know what might happen tomorrow.

What are you going to do today? And will you take responsibility for it? Will you strive to do things to the best of your ability? Will you expect the same of others?

The official birthday of the United States Marine Corps is 10 Nov 1775. In 1952, the official cake ceremony was established. At every duty station, the first slice of cake goes to the oldest Marine present and the second slice goes to the youngest Marine present.

Marine Corps Order 47 is read at every Marine Corps birthday celebration.

MARINE CORPS ORDER No. 47 (Series 1921)
U.S. MARINE CORPS Washington, November 1, 1921

The following will be read to the command on the 10th of November, 1921, and hereafter on the 10th of November of every year. Should the order not be received by the 10th of November, 1921, it will be read upon receipt.

On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name "Marine". In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

The record of our corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world's history. During 90 of the 146 years of its existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation's foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home, generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our corps, Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term "Marine" has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we have also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as "Soldiers of the Sea" since the founding of the Corps.

Major General

The video below is a little over six minutes of Marine cadences.


Duty. Honor. Service. Sacrifice.


  1. And as of next Wednesday, my grandson will be a part of this grand tradition!

  1. Anndi says:

    I love my bro...


  1. Matt-Man says:

    Pride and Excellence are all well and good, but going through life drunk makes for alot of laughs. Cheers!!

  1. great post travis, dixie will love this and it is obvious that Gracie is proud.

  1. lovely post trav... but i DO think you can make amends if not a do over.

    smiles, bee

  1. Excellent Travis. You rock! Big hug. Have a great day and weekend my loyal, wonderful friend. :)

  1. moving post...and a bit more insight into you are.

    Personal Responsibility In Daily Excellence.

    yes...we need to strive for that.

  1. tegdirb92 says:

    wow, what great words to live by!! My hubs is an Army man but we have many good friends in the Marines :)

  1. Jeff B says:

    More P.R.I.D.E. and less blame sure would make this planet a lot better wouldn't it?

  1. Travis says:

    Gracie: Yes he will. And I'm proud of him too.

    Ann: Right back atcha darlin.

    Matt: Let's hear it for the comedy.

    Sarge: Thank you Sir.

    Bee: I'll agree you can make amends.

    Sandee: And to you as well.

    Katherine: Sometimes we can't control the things that happen to us, but we can always control the way we react to them.

    Bridget: I have tremendous respect for all who serve, regardless of the branch. I feel that the honor is in the service, not in the type of service.

    Jeff: Agreed.

    Akelamalu: Thanks!

  1. Meribah says:

    Nice post, Trav. Hope your weekend is a good one! :)

  1. Jeni says:

    Great Post, Trav.

  1. JohnH985 says:

    Very good post. I agree with taking responsibility for yourself, too many people today want to blame everyone and everything but accept responsibilty for themselves

  1. Travis says:

    Meri: Thank you dear. Same to you.

    Jeni: Thanks!

    John: We should find a way to turn it into a national motto - be responsible for yourself.

  1. lisa says:

    Very nice post Travis. I have a white board I post quotes on (inspirational, humorous, etc) for my teenage boys. I am adding the PRIDE. Have a great weekend.

  1. Yay for Gracie's grandson and for all of the fine young men and women of the armed forces. They personify P.R.I.D.E.

    Ooo-rah, Trav. Thanks for the candences; fond memories of my time as a Marine wife at NSB Bangor.

  1. Great post Trav! Love the PRIDE acronym.