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Friday, July 22, 2016

Marine Parade

Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. Established in 1801, it is a Historic Landmark, the oldest post in the United States Marine Corps, the official residence of the Commandant of the Marine Corps since 1806, and main ceremonial grounds of the Corps. It is also home to the "Commandant's Own" Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and the "President's Own" U.S. Marine Band. Barracks Marines conduct ceremonial missions in and around the National Capitol Region as well as abroad. They also provide security at designated locations around Washington, D.C.  The buildings at the Marine Barracks are some of the oldest in Washington.[5] In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson and Commandant LtCol William Ward Burrows rode horses about the new capital to find a place suitable for the Marines near theWashington Navy Yard.[6] They chose a location within marching distance of both the Navy Yard and the Capitol[7] and hired architect George Hadfield to design the barracks and the Commandant’s House.
When the British burned Washington during the War of 1812, they also captured the Marine barracks. It is traditionally held within the Marine Corps that, out of respect for the brave showing of the Marines at Bladensburg, the British refrained from burning the barracks and the Commandant's house.


Commandant's house


Duties

  • Funeral escort for Marines and dignitaries.
  • Ceremonial honor guard for state functions.
  • Security forces for Camp David and the White House Communications Agency.
  • Parades:
    • Friday Evening Parade
    • Tuesday Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial
  • Provided military correspondence courses for Marines and other services through tenant Marine Corps Institute. - Officially Deactivated 1 October 2015
  • Training to maintain MOS proficiency and emergency preparedness.
The Marines assigned to the D.C. barracks must meet strict height, weight, and background check standards, since they perform in ceremonial parades, funerals, and other ceremonies for presidential and other national dignitaries. During the summer months, a sunset parade is held every Tuesday evening at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Rosslyn, Virginia near Arlington National Cemetery. In addition, an evening parade takes place at the Barracks every Friday evening from late spring until the end of summer.
We finally got in to see this parade.  Last year we were invited by one of our students but we never got in and it was the last parade of the summer.  Last weekend I tried to get tickets and we didn't get them.  We tried earlier in the week and got them.  The only negative was having to be there in our seats at 7 and the ceremony not starting until 8:45.  But it was well worth the effort.  The band played and they honored those that have served and died.  I thought of lot about Nigal tonight.  He was a marine.  The band was so good and they played a lot of John Philip Sousa music, who was known as the "The marching king,"  He also led the Marine Band for many years.  
Marine Barracks oldest post in the United States Marine Corp  

This is the flag that would have been flown over the barracks in 1801.  There are only 15 stars.  




The Marines in red were in the band. 



There were a group of men with green beret looking hats that were from England there.  



There was a navy guy running around.





It was really hot tonight but the show was great.  We spent our day at the Barlow working on lessons and getting the lights shipped back to BYU that wouldn't fit in the Lobby remodel.  





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