The first day of Marine Week Nashville (Sept. 7–11) will be commemorated with an opening ceremony and celebration in Public Square Park on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 6–8 p.m.
Mayor Megan Barry and U.S. Marine Corps leadership will kick off the five-day event with remarks during the opening ceremony. Country music singer Darryl Worley, Marine singer Mike Corrado, Marine Band San Diego and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon will also perform during the event.
“The opening ceremony will be fitting for Music City,” said 1st Lt. Johnny Henderson, the public affairs officer for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Nashville. “The lineup of musical performances pays homage to the spirit of Nashville and the traditions of the Corps. The opening ceremony will be the perfect way to commence Marine Week Nashville and will provide the public with a glimpse of what they can expect throughout the week.”
The opening ceremony will be one of more than 80 free, public events across the city during Sept. 7–11 that celebrates “Community, Country and Corps.” Throughout the week, the public will have the opportunity to:
· Climb aboard a variety of the Corps’ aircraft and ground equipment, including the MV-22 Osprey aircraft and the multifunctional Amphibious Assault Vehicle.
· Witness Marine Corps martial arts and military working dog demonstrations.
· Work out alongside Marines during their daily physical training routine.
· Take in the sights and sounds of the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and Marine Band San Diego at various locations.
· Attend daily wreath-laying ceremonies and multiple community service projects across the city.
Each day will begin at 6 a.m. with reveille and close with taps at 10 p.m.
The theme of the week – “Nashville Has a Backstage Pass” – was selected to play off Nashville’s musical history, and the music community has already stepped up in support of the U.S. Marines. In addition to the Worley and Grand Ole Opry performances, country music singers Reba McEntire and Mark Chesnutt have recorded Marine Week Nashville public service announcements to play at the Nashville International Airport that will greet visitors and the 700-plus Marines coming to the city.
Day-by-day highlights include:
Wednesday, Sept. 7
Story Time With the Marines, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Marines will join the Nashville Public Library’s Wishing Chair Productions for its weekly Story Time. The hour will include reading books, singing songs and other educational activities for kids with the famous library puppets.
Marine Week Opening Ceremony and Celebration, 6–8 p.m.
Mayor Megan Barry and Marine Corps leadership will kick off Marine Week with remarks during the opening ceremony and performances by country music singer Darryl Worley, Mike Corrado, the Marine Band San Diego and the Silent Drill Platoon.
Thursday, Sept. 8
“Sound Strike: at the Wildhorse Saloon, 9:30–10:30 p.m.
Marine Band San Diego’s “Sound Strike” will perform with a wide range of music spanning from country and classic rock to funk and top 40 hits. They have been featured at professional sporting events, the Lincoln Center, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Friday, Sept. 9
MAGTF Demonstration, 1:15–1:45 p.m.
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.
Saturday, Sept. 10
Mural Unveiling Ceremony, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Marines invite the public to the unveiling of their mural with speaker Councilman Colby Sledge.
Dragon Boat Festival, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
The Marine Corps will participate in the competition and have amphibious assault vehicles on display.
Marine Boot Camp Challenge, 3–6 p.m.
Kids are invited to join the Marines to tackle activities and obstacles used to test recruits during training.
Vanderbilt vs. MTSU Football Game, 3 p.m.
The game will feature a flyover before kickoff, a presentation of the colors by the USMC color guard and the national anthem sung by Capt. Skye Martin.
Parade, 5–6 p.m.
A parade featuring the Marine Band San Diego, Mounted Color Guard and Silent Drill Platoon will take over Lower Broadway.
Sunday, Sept. 11
9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, 9–10 a.m.
The public is invited to join the Marines and community leaders at War Memorial Plaza for a remembrance ceremony in honor of the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
MAGTF Demonstration, 10:15–10:45 a.m.
This encore performance gives people another chance to see the demonstration.
Tennessee Titans Football Game, 12–4 p.m.
The Marines will support the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in their season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
For a full list of events, visit the Marine Week Nashville website at www.usmarineweek.com. Additional information can also be found on Facebook @marineweek, on Twitter @marine_week and on Instagram @marine_week.