March 20, 2015 --
The Marines from 8th & I, consisting of the Silent Drill Platoon, "The Commandant's Own" Drum and Bugle Corps and the Marine Corps Color Guard, wowed Southwest Georgia again with their flawless performance and awe-inspiring showmanship on Schmid Field, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, March 20, in front of scores of spectators.
The ceremony began with several performances by "The Commandant's Own," which is comprised of more than 80 Marine musicians, who entertained the crowd with marches and songs called "Music In Motion." They again closed this year's performance with their rendition of John Phillip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever," bringing the audience to its feet and garnering applause.
Following the Drum and Bugle Corps' performance was that of the Silent Drill Platoon, comprised of 24 Marines, who showcased their precision drill movements while maneuvering M1 Garand rifles with fixed bayonets. Again, the crowd jumped to its feet and applauded the men at the conclusion of their drill routine.
Finally, the national flag and Marine Corps' official colors, known as the Battle Colors, were marched onto the field and presented to conclude the ceremony. Fifty-four streamers were present atop the Battle Colors, signifying and commemorating all of the military campaigns the Marine Corps has been engaged in since the American Revolution.