Semper Fi "


Running Springs, United States

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The Devonshire Regiment and antecedents
The 1st (Exeter and South Devon) Rifle Volunteer Corps, raised in Exeter in 1852, was using the motto on its cap badge by 1860 at the latest; the Illustrated London News reported its use in its 7 January 1860 issue. The motto was continued by The Devonshire Regiment of the British Army, the 11th of foot, on its formation from the South and North Devon militias in 1881. The motto was further continued on the badges of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment when the Devonshires were amalgamated into them in 1958. This use of the motto evidently derives from these regiments’ close connection with the city of Exeter, where they had a base from their foundationLondon until their disappearance by amalgamation in 2007.

The West Nova Scotia Regiment

WNSR CrestSemper fidelis is the motto of The West Nova Scotia Regiment (of the Canadian Forces), formed in 1936. It inherited the motto from The Lunenburg Regiment, formed in 1870.

Cadetcorps of the Dutch Royal Military Academy
Semper fidelis is the motto of the cadets corps from the Dutch Royal Military Academy.[ The corps was founded in 1898.

11th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army

11th Infantry Regiment coat of armsSemper fidelis is also the motto of the 11th Infantry Regiment, which was founded in May 1861 by President Abraham Lincoln. It served as part of the Army of Ohio and later in the Indian wars, Spanish-American war, 1916 Mexican Border war, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam war. Today it trains young Army officers at Fort Benning, Georgia.

The United States Marine Corps

United States Marine Corps EmblemThe United States Marine Corps adopted the motto Semper Fidelis in 1883, on the initiative of Colonel Charles McCawley (January 29, 1827 – October 13, 1891), the 8th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

There were three mottos prior to Semper Fidelis including “Fortitudine” (meaning “with courage”) antedating the War of 1812, “Per Mare, Per Terram” (“by sea, by land”; presumably inherited from the British Royal Marines, whose motto it already was), and, up until 1843, there was also the motto “To the Shores of Tripoli”. “Semper fidelis” signifies the dedication and loyalty that individual Marines have for “Corps and Country”, even after leaving service. Marines frequently shorten the motto to “Semper Fi” (pronounced /ˌsɛmpər ˈfaɪ/).

Semper Fidelis March
John Philip Sousa’s Semper Fidelis March, performed by the U.S. Marine Band in June 1909.

“Semper Fidelis” is also the title of the official march of the United States Marine Corps, composed by John Philip Sousa in 1889. Sousa was director of the United States Marine Band (“The President’s Own”) when a replacement for Hail to the Chief was requested, but later rejected. Sousa considered it to be his “most musical” march. It was prominently featured in the movie A Few Good Men. Charles Burr wrote the lyrics to the march.
On the United States Marine Corps Seal, the eagle of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem holds a ribbon emblazoned “Semper Fidelis”.
Portuguese Marine Corps
Semper fidelis is the motto of Portuguese Marines (Fuzileiros).
Canadian Forces Base Valcartier
Semper fidelis is the motto of CFB Valcartier. The base was originally erected as a military camp in August 1914.

Swiss Grenadiers
The Swiss Grenadiers, first designated as such in 1943, and since 2004 forming a distinct Command in the Swiss Army, use the motto Semper fidelis.

The Republic of China Marine Corps
Semper Fidelis (Chinese:永遠忠誠) is the motto of the Republic of China Marine Corps since April 1, 1947.

Hungarian Government Guard
Semper Fidelis is the official motto of the Hungarian Government Guard since 28 August 1998.

Military Institute of Engineering, Brazilian Army
Semper Fidelis is the motto of the 1st company of the Brazilian Military Institute of Engineering.

Serviciul de Protecţie şi Pază
Semper Fidelis is the motto of the Romanian Protection and Guard Service, a company which is concerned with the national security and personal security of officials in Romania.

Submarine Force, Chilean Navy
Semper Fidelis is the motto of the Submarine Force of the Chilean Navy.

And so you see , it is used round the world . Even by homeless vets.

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