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Marine Week 2018 kicks off in Charlotte

By Sgt. Timothy Smithers, Defense Media Activity

The Silent Drill Platoon exits Marine Week Charlotte’s opening ceremony in downtown Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 5, 2018. Marine Week is an annual event that allows members of the Marine Corps to demonstrate their capabilities and allows the public to interact with service members. Marine Week Charlotte is an opportunity for Marines to reconnect with our Marines, sailors, veterans, and their families from different generations.
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The Silent Drill Platoon exits Marine Week Charlotte’s opening ceremony in downtown Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 5, 2018. Marine Week is an annual event that allows members of the Marine Corps to demonstrate their capabilities and allows the public to interact with service members. Marine Week Charlotte is an opportunity for Marines to reconnect with our Marines, sailors, veterans, and their families from different generations.
Marine Week Charlotte kicked off with an opening ceremony at First Ward Park, Sept. 5, 2018. The ceremony welcomed the Marines to the city for the week, where they will demonstrate the capabilities of the Marine Corps and interact with the public, through more than 75 events.

The city of Charlotte is hosting nearly 800 Marines with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Charlotte, a collection of Marine units from North Carolina, Washington D.C., South Carolina, Maryland, and California. Upcoming event include: various static displays, opportunities for the community to engage in physical fitness with Marines, performances from the Silent Drill Platoon, and culminates with a MAGTF Show at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sept. 8, 2018. 

SPMAGTF-Charlotte includes Marines from all over the country, representing a variety of specialties, for example: aviators, infantry, communications, intelligence and legal. The diversity of Marines demonstrates multiple aspects of the Marine Corps and the variety of missions they tackle on a daily basis. 

“When we talk about Marine Week, we talk about “community, country and Corps,”’ said Lt. Gen. Lori Reynolds, Deputy Commandant of Information, Commander Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command. “Those three are intertwined: The Marine Corps exists to serve our country, but our country, and our Marine Corps, are made up of communities like Charlotte.”

Marine Week Charlotte will conclude September 9, 2018. For more information visit: www.usmarineweek.com.

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