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Monday, May 11, 2009

1st Annual Marine Week Kicks off in Chicago, Runs May 11-17, 2009

Marine Week will be hosted by different cities each year offering residents and visitors a chance to attend any number of free events. It also offers Marines a chance to give back directly to and interact directly with their own communities.

Details:

Established to recognize the contributions of local Marine heroes, their families, and the cities from which they came, Marine Week also showcases the rich history and traditions of our beloved Corps.

During the week, citizens will find Marines volunteering at local food kitchens and community parks, inspiring students by sharing their stories of service to their country, conducting intense physical fitness challenges and martial arts demonstrations, and performing with local musical groups.

The Marine Corps will also display aircraft, vehicles, and the latest technology and equipment used to protect and preserve our Nation and its citizens.

I am hoping to attend at least one event, if time permits.

When and if that happens, I'll be sure to share my photos and experience with you. Full schedule of private and public events (free public happenings in extended).


Marine Week Schedule of Events

Monday - May 11
o Marines volunteer to restore Levin Park (8:00 A.M.)
o Marine Week Dedication Ceremony at Daley Plaza (10:30 A.M.)
o Will feature the 29 Palms Marine Band and Color Guard, Brigadier General Melvin G. Spiese (Chicago native) and a pinning ceremony to honor Marine families and veterans

Tuesday - May 12
o Marines volunteer to restore Riis Park (8:00 A.M.)
o Performance by the Marine Corps Battle Colors Detachment, featuring the Silent Drill Platoon and Drum and Bugle Corps at Oak Park and River Forest High School Stadium (6:00 P.M.)

Wednesday - May 13
o Marines volunteer at Cornerstone Community Outreach Center (8:00 A.M.)
o Performances by the Marine Corps Battle Colors Detachment, featuring the Silent Drill Platoon and Drum and Bugle Corps at Soldier Field (3:00 P.M. & 7:00 P.M.)

Thursday - May 14
o Marines volunteer with Habitat for Humanity (Details forthcoming)

Friday - May 15
o Marines at Navy Pier (10:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.)
o Will feature robotics, technology and vehicle displays, Martial Arts and Combat Fitness demonstrations, and the 29 Palms Marine Band
o Marines at Arlington Park racetrack (All Day)
o Will feature aviation, technology and vehicle displays

Saturday - May 16
o Marines at Navy Pier (10:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.)
o Will feature robotics, technology and vehicle displays, Martial Arts and Combat Fitness demonstrations, and the 29 Palms Marine Band
o Marine Band Concert at Navy Pier, Skyline Stage (8:00 P.M.)
o Marines at Arlington Park racetrack (All Day)
o Will feature aviation, technology and vehicle displays

Sunday - May 17
o Marines at Arlington Park racetrack (All Day)
o Will feature technology and vehicle displays, performances by the Marine Corps Battle Colors Detachment, featuring the Silent Drill Platoon and Drum and Bugle Corps and Marine Corps Aircraft Demonstrations (12:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.)
o Marines at Navy Pier (All Day)
o Will feature robotics, technology and vehicle displays, Martial Arts and Combat Fitness demonstrations, and the 29 Palms Marine Band at Skyline Stage (3:00 P.M)

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