It sent chills up my spine to pull on the trousers with the blood stripe.
Three more weeks until my goal of years is accomplished!
Tradition holds that in the Battle of Chapultepec in September of 1847, Marine officers and NCOs sustained an unusually high casualty rate during the battle. In 1849, uniform regulations dictated that the stripes were changed to a solid red. Ten years later, a scarlet cord was inserted into the outer seams for noncommissioned officers and musicians, while a scarlet welt was added for officers. Finally, in 1904, the simple scarlet stripe seen today was adopted, with the varying widths prescribed for different ranks.