The United States Marine Corps today announced that Marine Week will be held in Detroit from Sept. 6-10. The program is an annual celebration of “community, country, and corps” to honor the service and sacrifice of Marines and their loved ones.
Metro Detroiters and over 700 Marines are invited to attend events planned around the city at no cost. Each day of Marine Week, which is rotated to different cities each year, will begin with reveille at 6 a.m., and close with taps at 10 p.m.
“The United States Marine Corps is honored to share our valiant history and proud future with Detroit,” says Captain Phillip J. Kulczewski, a Detroit native. “Marine Week is a great opportunity for residents to meet many of the dedicated men and women serving our country. It’s also a unique chance to experience the equipment and excitement of Marine life through family-friendly activities that highlight our honor, courage, and commitment to America.”
More than 80 activities are planned, including an opening ceremony, silent drill platoon demonstrations, interactive displays of the latest Marine Corps’ technology, vehicles and aircraft, musical performances by the Marine Corps band, Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstrations, viewing of the Marine Corps daily workouts, and a variety of community projects.
There will also be a traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on display, to be used as a backdrop for wreath laying ceremonies.
The Marine Corps got its start in Philadelphia on Nov. 10, 1775, and has been America’s expeditionary force in readiness since. Marines are forward-deployed to respond swiftly and aggressively in times of crisis from the air, land, and sea.
There are approximately 182,000 Marines actively serving today, with another 38,900 Marines in the Reserves.
More information on the events of Marine Week Detroit, some of which are still being planned, can be found here.