NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Mayor Megan Barry announced Wednesday that Marine Week is coming to Music City next month.
There will be more than 80 free, public events across Nashville from Sept. 7 until Sept. 11.
The opening ceremony, which is also being held at Public Square, will kick the week off on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m., and will feature a musical performance by country music star Darryl Worley and a special presentation and remarks by Mayor Barry.
The public will have the opportunity to climb aboard a variety of the Corps’ aircraft and ground equipment.
People of all ages are invited to attend Marine Corps martial arts and military working dog demonstrations, work out alongside Marines during physical fitness demonstrations, and take in the sights and sounds of the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and Marine Band San Diego.
“We are bringing our equipment, our ethos and our history to Nashville,” said 1st Lt. Johnny Henderson, public affairs officer for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Nashville.
“Marine Week serves as an opportunity for us to show the Nashville community the high standard of professionalism and discipline embodied by every Marine and how their service enables the Marine Corps to respond to crises around the world and to win our nation’s battles.”
To end the week, the public is invited to join the Marines and community leaders at War Memorial Plaza on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m., for a remembrance ceremony in honor of the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Following the ceremony, the Marines will conduct a live Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration at Riverfront Park, and then they will support the Tennessee Titans from the field and the skies at Nissan Stadium in their season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
For a full list of events, visit the Marine Week Nashville website at http://www.usmarineweek.com.