The Cheraw High MJROTC held a cake-cutting ceremony to commemorate the 247th Birthday of the US Marine Corps

The Marine Corps’ birthday cake-cutting ceremony is performed in honor of the branch’s birthday on November 10.

A cake-cutting ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina on Nov. 5, 2021. | Photo credit U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Julia Cochrane

A Mameluke sword is used to cut the cake, and the first few pieces are distributed in a very specific order. The first piece of cake is given to the Guest of Honor; the second piece goes to the oldest Marine present; and the third slice is handed to the youngest Marine present.