Commandant Derieux would like to invite you to attend the 2019 Marine Corps Ball

Come out and celebrate the 244th birthday of the United States Marine Corps with Marine Corps League,  LCpl  Christopher  Adlesperger, Detachment 1316 at the luxurious, award winning, AAA Four Diamond, Sandia Resort & Casino. This is a full, traditional Marine Corps Ball, including a formal banquet, traditional cake cutting ceremony, reading of Marine Corps Order 47 (aka General John A. Lejeune's message), and reading of the Commandant of the Marine Corps' message, three-course dinner, dancing and much more!

Location: Sandia Resort & Casino; Sandia Ballroom C,  30 Rainbow Road, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019.  Social Hour & Check-In start at 5pm and Ceremony begins at 6pm.

Event includes social hour, couples or group photo, souvenir wine glass, cash bar, formal ceremony, 3-course dinner, Guest of Honor remarks, dancing and more!

Ticket prices per person:

Discounted rates  ended  on  October  9th.


-Regular Rate - $60.00

More information on the Guests of Honor, Guest Speaker, and three-course meal below.


No Refunds.  Ticket purchases are considered a donation in support of the Marine Corps League Mission.

Marine Corps Ball Menu


3-Course Meal


Market Greens House Salad

Julienne Carrots, English Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes

Ranch & Balsamic Dressings

Main Course Menu Choices

  Thyme Roasted Frenched Chicken Breast

  Rosemary Demi Glace with Fresh Herbs and Sun-dried Tomato

  Petite Sirloin

  with a Peppercorn Demi Glace

  Vegetable Wellington

  Grilled Vegetables, Red Bell Pepper Coulis and Parmesan Cheese 

  Wrapped in Puff Pastry atop Asparagus

Sides Include

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Steamed Asparagus

Rolls & Butter


Marine Themed Sheet Cake

Refreshments include

Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Hot and Iced Teas

...or enjoy a drink from the cash bars

Marine Corps Birthday Ball History

The annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball is a celebration of Marine Corps history and traditions.  It represents where the Marine Corps started and where it is now; while giving us a glimpse of the past, present and future.  Throughout the world on 10 November, Marines celebrate the birth of their Corps -- the most loyal, feared, revered, and professional fighting force the world has ever known.   

In 1921, the 13th Commandant, Gen. John A. Lejeune, issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921.  Gen. Lejeune's order summarized the history, mission, and tradition of the Corps.  It further directed that the order be read to all Marines each year on 10 November to honor the founding of the Marine Corps.  Soon after, Marine commands began to not only honor the birthday, but celebrate it.  In 1923 the Marine Barracks at Ft. Mifflin, Pennsylvania staged a formal dance.  The Marines at the Washington Navy Yard arranged a mock battle on the parade ground.  At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Marine baseball team played a Cuban team and won with a score of 9 to 8. But this was only the beginning.

The first "formal" Birthday Ball took place in Philadelphia in 1925.  Guests included the Commandant, the Secretary of War (known today as the Secretary of Defense), and a host of statesmen and elected officials.  Prior to the Ball, Gen. Lejeune unveiled a memorial plaque at Tun Tavern, the birthplace of the Marine Corps.  Then the entourage headed for the Benjamin Franklin Hotel for an evening of celebration.

Over the years the annual Birthday Ball grew, taking on a life of its own.  In 1952, Commandant Gen. Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. formalized the cake-cutting ceremony and other traditional observances.  Current Marine Corps policy mandates that the first piece of cake must be presented to the oldest U.S. Marine present and passed to the youngest Marine representing the passing of tradition from generation to generation.  Among the many such mandates is the reading of the Commandant's birthday message to the Corps.  Like the U.S. Marine Corps itself, the annual Birthday Ball has evolved from modest origins to the dignified function it is today.  On 10 November, regardless of where Marines are stationed or deployed, you will always hear “Happy Birthday Marine.”