Marine Corps "Blood Stripe".

Many legends persist as to the uniform of the Marine Corps and the origin
of certain traditional aspects. One frequent question raised is "Why do
Marine officers and NCOs have red stripes on the blue uniform trousers?"

According to legend this commemorates the courage and tenacious fighting of
the men who battled before Chapultapec in the Mexican War and whose exploits
added the phrase "From the Halls of Montezuma..." to the Marine Hymn. The red
stripe on the trousers of all Marine officers and NCOs is said to symbolize
the blood shed by these Marines of another century.

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