Because Cleveland is awesome, they are hosting Marine Week this 11 -17 of June. If you miss it you just may regret it for the rest of your days.
Cleveland, Ohio isn’t generally a place you think of when you say Marine Corps, but Ohio is one of the top three states Marines come from. Currently over 9,000 active duty and reserve Marines hail from Ohio. Just south of Cleveland is the city of Brookpark, home to 3d Battalion, 25th Marines. In 2005 forty-six Marines and two Navy Corpsmen from this battalion fell in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I attended a fundraiser held in honor of one of fallen Marines last weekend and the outpouring of support staggered me. Suddenly, Ohio seems like the perfect place for the Corps to hang its hat and visit with family.
What can you expect to see at Marine Week? We’ve already been infiltrating the city with Marine Corps Sports teams as well as Marine bands and a number of Marine generals have been speaking at various engagements. During Marine Week itself there are going to be multiple events for the American public to attend. Have you always wanted to climb up on a HMMWV? Or an Osprey? Helicopters? Giant robots? We’ll have you covered. Okay, maybe not so much with the giant robots but you get the drift. You’ll also get to hang out with Marines and test your fitness, check out the Silent Drill Platoon, Marine Corps Band, and witness Marine Corps martial arts demonstrations. I personally will be demonstrating proper bayonet technique against the undead and how to survive an attack by large mutated sea bass.
The common misconception is that Marine Week is nothing more than a massive recruiting tool by the Corps. This couldn’t be less true. We get plenty of press already thanks. Marine Week is a great way for the average American to make a connection with their Marines and gives us a chance to thank local people for all the support, faith, and love they have invested in the World’s Finest United States Marines.
Marine Week Cleveland is going to rock! So until then, check out some highlights from last year’s Marine Week St. Louis.