Seldom do I get special requests from my dad (which is odd because I’m constantly requesting stuff from him), but last weekend we were visiting and he said to me, "next week on that blog (in a tone suggesting it’s not in fact a real word) don’t forget to wish all the Marines a ‘happy birthday’".

Indeed, today is the 233rd anniversary of the birth of the United States Marine Corps. So, happy birthday and semper fidelis to my dad, my grandpa, the running club Marines I recently wrote about, and all the marines and marine families out there celebrating the day today.

Tomorrow, of course, is Veterans Day, and the big parade will get under way at 11 a.m. at Dallas City Hall.