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BCD returning to Albany Oct. 15

By Art Powell | | October 8, 2009

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Thousands of people are expected to attend the Oct. 15 performance of the Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment at Albany’s James H. Gray Sr. Civic Center.

The free performance begins at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6 p.m. to the public.

“We feel the support of local communities everyday and this is an opportunity for Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany to show how much we appreciate that support,” said Col. Terry V. Williams, commanding officer, MCLB Albany, Ga. “This is a family-friendly performance, and we hope as many people as possible can attend what is always a thrilling performance.”

The Battle Color Detachment, from the 8th and I Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., is comprised of the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps, known as ‘the Commandant’s own,” the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and the Marine Corps’ Color Guard.

“The Silent Drill Platoon is always a crowd favorite, each Marine on the unit is highly trained and they conduct close-order drill with no verbal commands, just a cadence,” added Williams, who is the reviewing officer for the performance. “And they do it with M-1 rifles with fixed bayonets.”

When the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps take the floor, the audience will be treated to a mix of contemporary and patriotic music performed while the unit conducts traditional marching movements.

The Marine Corps Color Guard will display the Marine Corps colors, complete with all of the battle streamers earned in the history of the United States Marine Corps. The only other official set of Marine Corps colors is displayed in the commandant’s office.

The Battle Color Detachment visit marks another year that Southwest Georgia residents have had the opportunity to see the performance up close. Previous visits have pulled thousands of people to the civic center.

Toys for Tots, the annual holiday program to collect toys for deserving children which is conducted by the Marine Corps Forces Reserve, will use the event to kick-off the 2009 drive in the Southwest Georgia region.

“We’re asking people who come to the Battle Color ceremony to bring a toy, if they can, to donate to Toys for Tots,” said 1st. Sgt. James M. Watson, first sergeant, I/I staff, Det. 2, Supply company, 4th Supply Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group. “There will be uniformed Marines at the civic center entrances with collection points established to accept the toys.”

Program officials ask that all toys be new and unwrapped. Last year, Toys for Tots distributed more than 27,000 toys in the Albany area.

People interested in receiving Toys for Tots must contact the Albany Salvation Army office to be processed and approved for receiving from Toys for Tots, said Watson.

“Besides our traditional Bikes for Tots drive to collect bicycles, we have something new this year, called ‘Stuff a HUMVEE,’” he added. “People can put their donated toy into a HUMVEE and it will be fun to see how many toys end up in it.”

The Toys for Tots donation program begins with the Battle Color ceremony and continues through the holiday season, with distribution made near the Christmas holiday.


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