U.S. Marines, Marine Reservists, retired Marines and former members of the Marine Corps from throughout Utah celebrated the Corps' 215th birthday recently at an Anniversary Birthday Ball at the Salt Lake Hilton Hotel.

Festivities included a flag presentation, a traditional cake cutting, dinner and a dance. One of the highlights of the evening was a historic pageant in which several Marines, dressed in uniforms from various periods of history, told the story of the Corps.James Andrews, who appears in the state-sponsored video "Don't Waste Utah," made a special appearance and wished the Marines happy birthday.