MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif --
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 7, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, and 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion participated in the annual Fiesta Days Parade held in Morongo Valley Sept. 14, 2013.
The parade, which has been active for over 60 years, was implemented as a way to celebrate the community. Over the years, it also became an avenue of support for the Morongo Valley Fire Department.
Carnival games, food booths and souvenir vendors occupied space behind the parade, with people actively browsing everything the community organized this year.
The parade was led by a Marine Color Guard, consisting of Sgt. Equer Fierro, Color Sergeant, Cpl. Joseph M. Depetre, Lance Cpl. Alex Roberts and Lance Cpl. Colby Greco, motor transport operators, CLB-7.
Alongside Combat Center Marines, the fire department, sheriff’s office, Morongo Valley Antique Car Club and Morongo Basin Search and Rescue Team drove through the parade.
The Marines brought an M777 howitzer artillery piece, a light armored vehicle 25, 2 humvees and one medium tactical vehicle replacement to drive through the parade route.
“It’s a good experience to have these Marines out here,” said 1st Lt. Corey Muma, artillery officer, Battery K, 3/11. “I think it’s good for the civilians to see how we as Marines operate.”
After the parade, the Marines parked the vehicles in an open field for the community to take a closer look.
“There’s at least a couple thousand people here at its peak,” Harris said “I think the Marines are happy to come and hang out with the families.”
Members of the Morongo Valley community took the opportunity to ask Marines questions and learn about the various vehicles used for operations.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for the community to talk to Marines and see some Marine Corps vehicles,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Parfitt, platoon sergeant, Company C, 3rd LAR.
Those watching the parade felt humbled to see Marines pay them a visit.
“With a population of only about 3,600, we appreciate having these Marines out here because in these times it is uplifting for our small community,” Harris said.
The people, activities, events and guests made this year’s Fiesta Days Parade a success. The Marines are sure to make their return to Morongo Valley next year.