Our Time With the Marines During Marine Week Nashville

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Marine Week, the Corps’ largest community outreach event of the year, was held in Nashville, Sept. 7–11. MP&F had the honor and pleasure of working with the Corps on this large-scale project. There were more than 80 events across the city celebrating “Community, Country and Corps,” during a five-day span. Without getting into too much detail in this blog post, there was a lot of planning and communicating in the months leading up to and during Marine Week Nashville. We couldn’t have been happier with the results and the community’s embrace of the Marines. Thousands of visitors and residents participated in all of the events. Here is a pictorial review of Marine Week Nashville from the eyes of a few MP&F’ers.

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MP&F staff member Amanda Gambill takes a photo of the MV-22 Osprey landing beside the Ascend Amphitheater, Sept. 6. Photo: Stacy Alcala.

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The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed at various locations and events during Marine Week Nashville. Pictured here is the SDP performance at Gallatin High School, Sept. 7. Photo: Tom Hayden.

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Story time with the Marines, Nashville Public Library, Children’s Theater, Sept. 7. Photo: Stacy Alcala.

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Mayor Megan Barry, whose father, Ken Mueller, was a Marine, and U.S. Marine Corps leadership formally opened Marine Week Nashville, during a ceremony with remarks and the presentation of a proclamation. There were performances by country music singer Darryl Worley, Marine singer Col. Mike Corrado, Marine Band San Diego and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. Here Marine Band San Diego performs during the ceremony at Public Square Park, Sept. 7. Photo: Tom Hayden.

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Marines were engaged in various projects throughout the community. Here a Marine helps prepare food at St. Luke’s Community House, with volunteers from Hands On Nashville, Sept. 8. Photo: Reagan Costa.

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Brig. Gen. Robert Castellvi speaking with a Marine veteran at FiftyForward Senior Center in Madison, Sept. 8. Photo: Greg Ellis.

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Wreath-Laying Ceremony on the Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge every morning during Marine Week. This one is in honor of Sgt. Kevin Balduf, Sept. 9. Pictured, Brig. Gen. Robert Castellvi, Mayor Megan Barry and Jenny Newsom, mother of Sgt. Balduf. Photo: Greg Ellis.

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Cpl. Stephen Nothnagel and Lance Cpl. Joshua Wohltman having fun with children at Casa Azafrán, Sept. 9. Photo: Javier Solano.

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Former Tennessee Titan guard Zach Piller, Marines and members of the Titans cheerleading team greet a veteran during a visit to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Nashville, Sept. 9. Photo: Stacy Alcala.

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The Nashville Sounds provided Marines with tickets to a game on Sept. 9. As seen on the jumbotron, Booster the Rooster, who was involved with Marine Week Nashville, honors two of the Marines in attendance. The Marine Corps color guard (flag bearers) also participated at the onset of the game and Capt. Skye Martin performed the national anthem.  Photo: Greg Ellis.

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Hands-on static displays of Marine Corps technology, weapons and vehicles were on full exhibition along the riverbank throughout Marine Week Nashville. Pictured is the M777 Howitzer Cannon. Photo: Elizabeth Ea.

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The Marines put several hundred residents through drills in morning PT sessions during Marine Week Nashville. Photo: Reagan Costa.

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A Marine talking with a future leader. Photo: Reagan Costa.

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Marine Corps artists painted a mural on the Douglas Corner Café along Eighth Avenue. Colonel Sean Salene and Metro Councilman Colby Sledge, District 17, provided remarks during the unveiling ceremony. Pictured, left to right, Stacy Alcala, Colby Sledge, Selby McRae, Mark McNeely, Colonel Salene, Annakate Ross, Katy Varney, Amanda Gambill and Ben Baden. Photo: Stacy Alcala.

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The Marine Week Nashville mural on the Douglas Corner Café. Photo: Stacy Alcala.

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A 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony was held on Sept. 11 at War Memorial Plaza. More than 1,000 attended. Photo: Tom Hayden.

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Gold Star Mother, Tammy Bass, mother of Cpl. David Bass, talking with U.S. Sen. Bob Corker after the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at War Memorial Plaza. Photo: Tom Hayden.

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The Marines took the first heat (pictured) and came in second overall during the Cumberland River Compact Dragon Boat Festival, Sept. 10. Photo: Tom Hayden.

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The Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) carried out two demonstrations, in addition to a rehearsal. Pictured here is an explosion from the Sept. 11 demonstration. Photo: Greg Ellis.

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Here is a CH-53E Super Stallion during the Sept. 11 MAGTF demonstration. Photo: Tom Hayden.

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Three AAV P7 Assault Amphibious Vehicle during the Sept. 11 MAGTF demonstration. Photo: Tom Hayden.

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Marines leading a ground assault during the Sept. 11 MAGTF demonstration. Photo: Greg Ellis.

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Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Glenn Walters (second from left), presented the game ball and assisted with the coin flip during the Tennessee Titans home opener against the Minnesota Vikings, Sept. 11. Photo: Tom Hayden.

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The Marine Corps opened the Tennessee Titans game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 11, with a flyover by an AH-1 Super Cobra, MV22 Osprey, CH-53E Sea Stallion and a Huey. Photo: Greg Ellis. Click here to watch a video of the flyover. Video: Tom Hayden.

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The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed at halftime of the Tennessee Titans home opener against the Minnesota Vikings, Sept. 11. Here they wait to come out of the tunnel as MP&F staff member Greg Ellis documents the experience. Photo: Tom Hayden.

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