DETROIT (WXYZ) - When you think of the U.S. Marines, you likely think of them defending our country in far-off places, or training in coastal United States cities, but beginning Wednesday they’re invading Detroit.
Roughly 700 Marines will appears throughout the city of Detroit as part of Marine Week Detroit. It’s an event meant to bring the communities who are less familiar with the Marine Corp. together with the men and women who fight for our country.
The event, which runs Wednesday through Sunday, will feature everything from a daily ceremonial wreath laying in remembrance of Gold Star families to demonstrations on the Detroit River.
Previous events have been held in Boston, Chicago, Seattle and most recently Nashville. This will be the first year that Marine Week has come to Detroit.
Free events will be held throughout the city of Detroit as part of this week’s events, including a daily 7 a.m. workout at Cadillac Square. Everyone is invited to come out and participate in a typical Marine workout, but it’s noted that the workout is self-paced. You are encouraged to bring your own water.
Daily at 7 a.m.: Workout with The Marines — come to workout with Marines for a self-paced training exercise at Cadillac Square. Exercises can be modified for your personal experience level. Please bring your own water.
Daily at 8a: Morning Colors — Marines raise the American flag at the Spirit of Detroit.
Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 8a through 5p: Marine Art Project — Marines will paint a mural on the Montford Point Detachment #158 of the Marine Corps League.
Wednesday - Friday, Sept. 6-8 at 9a: Wreath-Laying — Service members and Gold Star families will honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country with a wreath-laying ceremony.
Daily at 11a through 6p: Static Displays — Visitors will have the opportunity to climb aboard Marine Corps vehicles and aircraft on display at Camp Schultz throughout Marine Week Detroit in the GM Parking Lot (behind the GM Renaissance Center). The Marine Corps and the Marine Corps History Division have named the Marine Week Detroit static display area Camp Schultz in honor of one of the iconic flag raisers from Mount Suribachi, Private First Class Harold H. Schultz.
Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 6p: Opening Ceremony: U.S. Marine Corps leadership will kick off the five-day event with remarks during the opening ceremony. A silent drill platoon will be on hand, as will the Marine Band out of San Diego.
Daily at 10p: Taps — A member of the Marine Band will perform the bugle call signaling the end of the day’s activities.
Friday, Sept. 8 at 2p: Marine Air-Ground Task Force Show — The MAGTF demonstration is a military operations simulation that showcases the assortment and power of the Marine Corps. The purpose of the demonstration is to exhibit the coordination of all four components of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. Visitors can expect to see rotary aircraft, amphibious assault vehicles, military vehicles and Marine infantry during the demonstration.