Marine Week Nashville Honors 9/11 With Remembrance Ceremony

Marine Week Nashville Honors 9/11 With Remembrance Ceremony

By MP&F Staff

Marine Week 2016Marine Week Nashville closes on Sunday, Sept. 11, with the city’s largest 9/11 ceremony to date, a demonstration of Marine Corps aircraft and equipment near the Cumberland River, and the Marines’ joining forces with the Tennessee Titans for the start of the National Football League season.

The public is invited to join the Marines and community leaders at War Memorial Plaza from 9–10 a.m. for a remembrance ceremony in honor of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Tennessee Dept. of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder will be speaking at the ceremony, and Mayor Megan Barry will be in attendance.

Closer to the river, the Marines will be out in full force on Titans game day. The Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration returns to Riverfront Park for the last time, with the show starting at 10:15 a.m. Following the show, you will find Marines in the skies, in the stands and on the field for the Titans’ opener against the Minnesota Vikings, noon at Nissan Stadium. Marine Capt. Skye Martin will sing “God Bless America” at halftime.

Sunday is the last day to catch Marine Week events before the Retirement of the Colors Ceremony, at 1 p.m., when the Marine Corps will retire the national flag signaling the end of Marine Week Nashville.

Sunday’s highlights include:

  • 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, 9–10 a.m., at War Memorial Plaza
  • Marine Air-Ground Task Force Show, 10:15–11:15 a.m., at Riverfront Park
  • Tennessee Titans Football Game, 12–4 p.m., at Nissan Stadium
  • Retirement of the Colors Ceremony, 1–1:15 p.m., at Court of Flags

For the full Marine Week schedule, please visit usmarineweek.com/events.

MAGTF Safety Advisory
The downtown core area of Nashville should expect increased noise and vibrations on Sunday, 10:15–11:15 a.m., from the Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) demonstrations at Riverfront Park.

The demonstration will feature low-flying aircraft and pyrotechnics. To ensure a safe event, Marine Week officials advise residents, workers and visitors in the downtown core area to adhere to signs and remain outside of the demonstration area. Clearly marked, designated viewing areas will be established for those wishing to see the demonstrations up close.

Marine Week Nashville events on Saturday included a public workout with the Marines, a mural unveiling ceremony, Marines’ competing in the Dragon Boat Festival, the Marine Boot Camp Challenge, and Marine involvement at the Vanderbilt vs. MTSU football game. To view photos and video footage taken at today’s events by the USMC, please visit the digital newsroom after 5 p.m. at http://usmarineweek.com/digital-newsroom/.

1st Lt. Johnny Henderson, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Public Affairs Office

Cellphone: (910) 358-5272; johnny.henderson@usmc.mil

Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Public Affairs Office
Cellphone: (479) 466-1046; bobby.yarbrough@usmc.mil

Tom Hayden, Account Supervisor, MP&F Public Relations
Phone: (615) 259-4000; thayden@mpf.com