USMC: Part of the Community
Posted October 27, 2008on:
The United States Marine Corps’ (USMC) stays connected to the communities that they are stationed in and around. They march in the parades of the communities wearing their striking uniforms that pull at the heartstrings of American patriotism. They fly in air shows and perform concerts.
One of the events the USMC is part of is the London Bridge Days, which is held in Lake Havasu City, Arizona; the bridge was auctioned off in 1968 to an American millionaire; he used it as a centerpiece for a town he was in the process of building. The bridge was crumbling down. It was moved to Arizona in 1971 brick by brick. The yearly celebration attracts 10,000 visitors. The site is on the edge of the Mojave Desert and off of route 66. The London Bridge Colour Guard and the Marine Corps Band front a parade through the town. They don’t actually parade over the bridge anymore because of the larger crowds that come to the parade, but march beside it and include other local sights: a smaller version of Stonehenge, Shambles Village, and just like a movie set: a shopping street created to reflect the ambiance of York.
The USMC participates in other events of importance like: The Moving Wall Visit, American Staffing Association Convention, MCRC Super Achiever Ceremony, and the Beirut Observance. Memorial. They are part of fun events like the Breeder’s Cup World Championship. The USMC truly gets involved in the local communities enhancing events wherever they are stationed or called to help.