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Battle Color Detachment to visit Albany

By Joel C. Guenther | | October 16, 2008

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The Battle Color Detachment will once again perform at the Albany James H. Gray Sr. Civic Center in downtown Albany, Ga., Oct. 23. Doors to the Civic Center will open at 6 p.m. and the performance will begin at 7 p.m.

The BCD is a precision performance by three units attached to Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. Marine Barracks, also known as 8th & I, is called the “oldest post in the Corps.” The three units are the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, known as “The Commandant’s Own,” the Silent Drill Platoon and the Marine Corps Color Guard.

The Drum and Bugle Corps performs both contemporary music blended with more traditional marches. In a program titled “Music in Motion,” the Drum and Bugle Corps choreographs drill movements with music.

The Silent Drill Platoon performs precision drill maneuvers with fixed bayonets attached to their 10 pound, M-1 rifles.

They conduct several maneuvers, without verbal commands, including the rifle inspector’s inspection of the Marines who perform difficult rifle spins and exchanges among themselves and with the inspector.

The Marine Corps Color Guard carries the official Battle Colors of the Marine Corps which includes 54 streamers and silver bands which commemorate             the Marine Corps’ history, from the American Revolution to the present.

Last year, more than 5,000 spectators attended the Battle Color ceremony at the Civic Center.

The event is sponsored by Marine Corps Logistics Command headquartered on Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga.  Maj. Gen. Willie J. Williams, commanding general, LOGCOM, will be hosting the event.

Kent Morrison, deputy director, Operations and Training Division, MCLB Albany, said of the first time he saw the Battle Color ceremony, “It makes you feel proud to be a Marine. The esprit de corps, the precision drill, just the pride of being a Marine comes through.” He added that civilian-Marines “can appreciate the Battle Color ceremony as much as a Marine because … the civilian-Marines are a part of the Marine Corps family and they can take as much pride in the professionalism of the Battle Color ceremony as the Marines.”

Trent Blalock, deputy director, Maintenance Center Albany, LOGCOM, said he first saw the Battle Color ceremony here in Albany almost 20 years ago.

“I thought it was awesome … that this type of performance even existed inside of the Marine Corps. It was amazing … and it made you, quite frankly, proud to be an American,” he said.

The audience will have the opportunity to mingle with the Battle Color Marines after the hour-long performance.

Patrons are also asked to bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots, which is kicking off its campaign with the Battle Color ceremony.

       


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