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Saints, New Orleans Military Maritime Academy celebrate 240th anniversary of Marine Corp birthday

Tim Hightower visits with cadets at New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy on the 240th anniversary of the Marine Corp birthday

Tim Hightower visits with cadets at New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy on the 240th anniversary of the Marine Corps birthday. Photos by Elicia Broussard Sheridan (New Orleans Saints Photos).

The New Orleans Saints attended the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy's celebration of the 240th anniversary of the Marine Corp birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Saints running back Tim Hightower attended the event, played football with the cadets, took pictures and signed autographs.

"It's great to be here at the Academy.  I'm just learning the importance of this Academy and how unique it is here in this country," Hightower said. "With my dad being a Marine, to be able to be part of a special time for them, is pretty special."

Sargent General Reyes, director of the event, ensured that everything was set up and celebrated according to tradition.

"The 240th anniversary of the Marine Corp birthday and with Tim Hightower's dad being a marine, it is pretty special that he got to share it with us," Reyes said. "As the only Marine ROTC school in the country, we have 651 cadets and they are all in the Marine Corp JROTC so this celebration was pretty special."

The Marine Corps dates it's founding to Nov. 10, 1775.  Each year, the Marine Corps marks the occasion with a celebration, the reading of a message from the Commandant and the cutting of a cake.

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