Semper Fi - Do Or Die

There are many people who have heard the phrase Semper Fidelis or the shortened version Semper Fi and somewhat familiar with the fact that the phrase is associated with certain branches of the military. Quite a few who have heard the words aren't as familiar with the actual meaning, Semper Fidelis or Semper Fi means "Always Faithful" and is the motto of the United States Marine Corps. It is quite common for someone to hear the words and immediately connect it to the armed forces but very few individuals realize the history behind those two words, although Semper Fidelis was adopted as the official motto of the Marines in 1883 the words have a long standing history that dates back to the 14th century.

Semper Fidelis is of Latin origin but can be traced back to Ireland through the Lynch Family and since then was passed down as a family motto. Evidence of this can be seen on the Exter coat of arms which displays the motto in the bottom banner. Since Semper Fidelis obviously stands for loyalty many nations has adopted the phrase for their own. Not only did the Marine Corps constitute Semper Fidelis as their motto they also shortened it to Semper Fi as a symbol of their loyalty and commitment to those they serve with. Although not the first motto that the Marine Corps have adopted throughout the years Semper Fi is defiantly a motto that has endured the test of time. In those two words, "Always Faithful" it states what it means to be a United States Marine.

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AdamGee 6 years ago

Very interesting hub, DK. Although I had heard "semper fi" before, I never knew what it meant. I definitely agree that Faithfulness is an important virtue!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Well Sir- I've said that a bunch being a Marine and vet of Vietnam. I'm a Jarhead. I didn't know about the Irish connection. I saw your comment on Sa'ge's hub and agree. God bless! Semper Fi!

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