Since 1949, the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Marine Corps have enjoyed a close and cohesive working relationship through the Marine Security Guard (MSG) program at our U.S. missions overseas. MSGs serve alongside our own Diplomatic Security Service, helping to secure our embassies and consulates.
On November 10, Marines throughout the world marked the 237th anniversary of the Corps' existence and service to our nation. Some members of the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG) continue this tradition of service to our nation by working with Diplomatic Security professionals at approximately 150 U.S. diplomatic missions worldwide.
Standing at "Post One" in our facilities abroad, MSGs are among the first representatives of the United States that our personnel and visitors see. As such, MSGs also represent the face of the United States. As Secretary Clinton noted in her birthday message to the MSGs, "These Marines do not just stand at 'Post One' -- they stand for the United States."
Our Marine friends and colleagues have met unique challenges in supporting the Department, and they have -- without exception -- responded bravely and effectively. They have responded to natural disasters, civil unrest, and violent attacks. They have defended the integrity of our facilities and worked courageously to save human life. They make an invaluable contribution to our efforts to secure our diplomatic efforts abroad. MSGs show, everyday, that they are models of the Marine Corps credo, "Semper Fidelis." They have, in fact, always remained faithful to protecting U.S. diplomacy.
The Department of State and Marine Security Guards have stood shoulder-to-shoulder through many dangerous situations at our diplomatic posts abroad. In every instance, it has been -- and continues to be -- reassuring to know that our MSGs will are there with us, serving bravely. Together, Diplomatic Security and our Marine partners stand together.
On this Veterans Day we honor and thank all of our men and women in uniform, past and present. For those of us in the Diplomatic Security Service -- and indeed in the entire Department of State -- it is also an opportunity to show our gratitude and respect for all Marines Security Guards.
Happy Veterans Day. Semper Fi!