The values that new Marines swear to uphold.
Yesterday, September 11, 2015, I had the privilege of watching 622 new Marines put on an impressive graduation ceremony. They started training on June 23rd and officially became Marines when they completed the Crucible about a week ago. This ceremony was their last official duty at Parris Island before leaving for the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger, North Carolina.
They all look so young.
[Note: the video starts with the flag raising ceremony, “Morning Colors,” at 0800 and then moves to the graduation parade itself, which began at 0900. The flag was raised only to half staff in memory of 9/11. The band is the MCRD Parris Island Band, which makes appearances all around the country. The dog’s name is “Legend.”]