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Join Me in Honoring Marine Corps Heroes at the Annual Wreath Laying Parade
Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at Iwo Jima in Arlington, Virginia
On Friday, November 10th at 10 a.m., join me at the Marine War Memorial (Iwo Jima) in Arlington, Virginia for a deeply moving and powerful tribute to our Marine Corps heroes.
The Marine Corps wreath-laying parade is a cherished annual event, and they invite you to be part of this special occasion. It is free — no tickets are not required.
As I wrote last year after I went, you’ll be moved by this ceremony to honor the Marines who sacrificed for our nation by laying wreaths at gravestones and memorials. (More on one Marine’s experience below.)
This is the most fulfilling thing that I have done so far in my time in the Marine Corps
I've had the privilege of getting to know the remarkable servicemembers at Marine Barracks Washington, and I'm deeply honored to be asked to contribute to their efforts in promoting this impactful annual event.
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Also, there will be a big parade for the 248th birthday of the Marine Corps featuring “The President’s Own” Marine Band, “The Commandant’s Own” Drum & Bugle Corps, a firing party and four platoons of ceremonial marchers.
“The most fulfilling”
I made this YouTube video last year showing behind the scenes of the ceremony. I was most moved by a conversation with Captain Michael Kirnon, who is a ceremonial marcher and the Bravo Company Commander for Marine Barracks Washington.
I asked Capt. Kirnon how he liked doing the ceremonial events. He told me it was more fulfilling than overseas deployments. (Watch him in the short video below.)
I asked Capt. Kirnon why. He replied:
Everything from going over to Arlington and burying loved ones of military members— people who made the sacrifice for people like me to actually be here.
Anything like the parades, inspiring people who actually want to come and be a Marine and doing things of that magnitude.
I think it’s very fulfilling. I mean more so than any deployment.
The Marines encourage you to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating around the memorial.
If you can’t come in person, the event will be livestreamed here.
Despite the possibility of rain being forecasted, the event will go on as scheduled unless adverse weather conditions pose a safety risk. For the latest information, refer to the official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marinebarracks/
Here’s my video from last year:
This event is always the day before Veterans Day, so it is a great way to spend time with someone who served our country.
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