WARRENSBURG — It just isn't a birthday without some cake, at least that is how it was for Marine Corps veterans Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Missouri Vetereans Home - Warrensburg.
The home's Branch of Service Week carried on as it celebrated the 244th birthday of the Marine Corps on Marine Corps Day.
The Marine Corps birthday is Sunday, Nov. 10, one day before the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11.
The day started with breakfast and a helicopter fly-over and ended with cake.
Nerd's Hardware began serving the veterans breakfast about 5:30 a.m.
After breakfast, Jared Sisk and Lee and Sharon Mullinix kept the celebration going with a helicopter fly-over about 8:45 a.m.
The helicopter landed just outside the back courtyard of the MVHW as the crew got to visit with the veterans that filled the back courtyard to watch.
Sisk and Lee Mullinix took turns controlling the plane while the other held out an American flag that blew in the wind as the crew made its pass.
Sisk presented Latisha Koetting, MVHW supervisor of volunteer services, with the flag used during the fly-over.
Once the helicopter left, the veterans moved inside to hear gospel and western music from Al Block and Friends.
When the music ended for the morning, the veterans at the MVHW then got and opportunity to hear a presentation on the FOCUS Marines Foundation followed by a presentation on Code Talkers.
The music got rolling again in the early afternoon with Big Band 30s and 40s music from Ziggy and Friends.
A special appearance from a Marine Corps jeep added to the afternoon of excitement.
The day closed with a Marine Corps birthday video, the presentation of a flag flown on Sept. 11, 2019, at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, the singing of the Marine Corps song and the cutting of birthday cake to celebrate 244 years of the Marine Corps.