Welcome to 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, Marine Corps Ball

The Marines of 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines would like to invite you to celebrate the  244th  Birthday of The United States Marine Corps at 

The Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare 

Saturday 16 November 2019 at 1800

The official birthday of the United States Marine Corps

The official birthday of the United States Marine Corps, on 10 November 1775, was when the Second Continental Congress decreed:
“ That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines. ” Tun Tavern, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is regarded as the birthplace of the Corps as the location of the first Marines to enlist under Commandant Samuel Nicholas, though it is disputed if a recruiting drive may have occurred earlier at Nicholas's family tavern, the Conestoga Waggon.When the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, the Continental Navy was disestablished, and with it, the Continental Marines. The Corps was re-established on 11 July 1798, when the "act for establishing and organizing a Marine Corps" was signed by President John Adams.

Uniform of the Day

Evening Dress

Dress Blues Alpha/ Bravo

Service Equivalent

Formal Wear

Tuxedo/ Coat and Tie


Anticipated Attendees include:

Guest Of Honor


 Sound Attention
 March on the Colors
 General Lejeune’s Message
 Commanding Officer Remarks
 Guest of Honor Remarks
 Cutting of the Birthday Cake
 Retirement of the Colors


 2359 End Of Celebration


Corporal Matthew R. Bradford, USMC (RET)

Matthew Bradford grew up as a Kentucky Wildcat fan in Winchester, Kentucky until High School then he moved to Dinwiddie, Virginia. On September 11, 2001, just a freshman in high school, he watched the terrorist attacks on America’s soil and knew at that moment he wanted to join the military after graduating. In September 2005 Matthew enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

 On January 18, 2007, he was severely injured after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device in Haditha Iraq. This moment put Matthew on a detour and he would learn the true meaning of overcoming and adapting. He did not know the extent of his injuries until he woke up in Bethesda Naval Hospital three weeks later.

Matthew never lets his injuries define who he is or what he can do. Each obstacle is a new challenge. Over the years he has been inspired to share his story to motivate others through their own life challenges with his message of Just Walk. Even without Legs and Vision, you can still have No Problems.



Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare

5550 N. River Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018 

Phone: 888-452-6943

**2/24 Marines will receive group code to receive reduced rates.  Please see company leadership for details.**


This rate is may not be combined with other select promotions, offer, or discounts and is not valid for existing reservations or groups.  Rate is non-transferrable or redeemable for cash, and cannot be used during future stays.

Ticket Sales *please note no physical ticket will be issued*

Welcome, on 16 November 2019 the Marines of 2nd Battalion 24th Marines will celebrate the 244th Marine Corps Birthday. We look forward to a night of celebration with guests, corporate guests, and current and former Marines.  We will also pay homage to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.  Your purchase of a ticket will include your meal, birthday ball gift and access to the one hour free open bar during cocktail hour. 


Cocktails, Beer, and Wine will be available during the following periods:



*Please note this will be a cash bar only.  There is an ATM on site.**


Dinner will consists entrée selections, bread rolls, salad, soup and dessert.  When purchasing your tickets please make sure to select the correct entrée for each ticket. 

Entrée (Chose one per ticket)


Oven Roasted French Chicken- Tender breast of chicken in wild mushroom, pancetta herb broth


Salmon Americana- Pan seared salmon topped with shrimp and scallops and a lobster cream sauce


Peppercorn Crusted Prime Sirloin Steak- Peppercorn crusted prime sirloin steak marinated creole mustard with balsamic onions and red wine reduction


Grilled Vegetables en croute- Vegan friendly zucchini, squash, bell peppers, sundried tomatoes and mushrooms seasoned with herbs wrapped with delicate puff pastry


-Parking for the event will be available at the site at no additional cost. Please see bar to validate ticket.

-Note:  Those with booked rooms at the hotel that require overnight parking will be charged a reduced rate of $16.00.