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Lasting Legacy: Marines Unveil Mural at Marine Week Detroit

By LCpl. Samantha Bray, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
Nobitee Giles, a U.S. Marine Montford Point veteran, reads his award-certificate during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
The Montford Point Detachment 158 mural is displayed for the public during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit is an opportunity to connect with the people of the greater Detroit area, and thank them for their support. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green shakes hands with Congressional Gold Medal recipient George G. Cranberry Jr., a Montford Point Marine, during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit celebrates the contributions of local Marines whose service to our nation has protected and preserved our way of life for hundreds of years. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Montford Point Marines, and Lamar Harrington, commandant of Montford Point Detachment 158, and his wife, pose for a photo during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit is an opportunity to connect with the people of the greater Detroit area, and thank them for their support. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow holds up the United States Congress Congressional Gold medal, the highest award a civilian can receive, during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit celebrates the contributions of local Marines whose service to our nation has protected and preserved our way of life for hundreds of years. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
Nobitee Giles, a U.S. Marine Corps Montford Point veteran, receives the United States Congressional Gold medal in recognition for his service during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
Members of the Marine Corps League watch as the wall dedication is revealed during Marine Week Detroit, Montford Point Detachment 158 Mural ceremony Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit celebrates the contributions of local Marines whose service to our nation has protected and preserved our way of life for hundreds of years. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
Lamar Harrington, commandant of Montford Point Marine Detachment 158, addresses the crowd at the Mural Unveiling ceremony during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit is an opportunity to connect with the people of the greater Detroit area, and thank them for their support. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Meghan Millot, a reprographics specialist, assigned to the mural team, hugs Sherry Jennings-Kevianne, widow of Sgt. Julian Kevianne, during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
Veterans and Detroit locals watch the unveiling of the Montford Point Marines mural during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit celebrates the contributions of local Marines whose service to our nation has protected and preserved our way of life for hundreds of years. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
U.S. Marines, assigned to design the Montford Point Detachment 158 Mural watch as the wall dedication is unveiled during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit is an opportunity to connect with the people of the greater Detroit area, and thank them for their support. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
Veterans and Detroit locals watch the unveiling of the Montford Point Marines Mural wall dedication during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit celebrates the contributions of local Marines whose service to our nation has protected and preserved our way of life for hundreds of years. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow speaks to a crowd of citizens attending the Montford Point Detachment 158 Mural Unveiling ceremony during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to connect with our Marines, Sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
The mural is unveiled at Monford Point Detachment 158
Historic photos displayed throughout the Montford Point Detachment 158 during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 9, 2017. Marine Week Detroit is an opportunity to connect with the people of the greater Detroit area, and thank them for their support. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)

DETROIT, Mich. -- DETROIT – A group of Marines with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Detroit unveiled the mural they’ve been painting for Marine Week Detroit on Sept. 9, 2017.

The mural was painted on the side of the Marine Corps League, Montford Point Detachment 158 building in Detroit, Mich. Five Marines put over a hundred hours of work into the completion of the mural. The mural depicts the history and accomplishments of the Montford Point Marines, who fought in a segregated Marine Corps from 1942 through 1949.

“The big importance is just the Montford Point Marines,” said Lance Cpl. Meghan Millott, one of the mural artists. “We have the past Marines from Montford Point, and then we have the present Marines and it shows how far we’ve come as far as segregation and gender equality, and it means a lot.”

The five Marines on the mural team expressed how honored they were for having the chance to give back to the community and highlight the history of the Marine Corps.

“Our unveiling ceremony is a core event of our Marine Weeks, wherever we go”, explained Brig. Gen. William H. Seely III, director of Marine Corps communication. “It is a physical and enduring reminder of what your Marine Corps does, but it’s also a small gift to say ‘thank you’ for what you have done for your community.”

Marine Week Detroit kicked off Sept. 6, 2017 and will conclude Sept. 10, 2017. Marine Week’s purpose is to bring Marines to cities across the country that typically wouldn’t have interaction first-hand with Marines and the Marine Corps. This event highlights the purpose and mission of the Marine Corps, and strives to give back to the communities.


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