MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- Combat Center patrons were awed during the Battle Color Ceremony at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field, March 12, 2014. The ceremony consisted of performances by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, the Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Marine Corps Color Guard.
“This is truly an impressive performance,” said Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, commanding general, Combat Center. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen it 20 times, you will be impressed the 21st time.”
The ceremony began with ‘Music in Motion 2014’ performed by the Drum and Bugle Corps, better known as ‘the Commandant’s Own.’ ‘Music in Motion’ consisted of a variety of songs including The Stars and Stripes Forever, Birth of a Drum Corps, and Rock this town.
“This is motivating stuff,” said Cpl. Daniel Logan, scout, 1st Tank Battalion. “The ceremony gives Marines and their families a chance to see one of the best performances around. Everyone hears about the Silent Drill Platoon and the other Marines but some people don’t get a chance to see them perform.”
Following the ‘Music in Motion’ performance was the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. The platoon is a 24-man rifle unit that performs drill movements using M1 Garand rifles with fixed bayonets. All movements are done with no verbal command. The Marines marched onto the field showing discipline and precision in every movement. Everyone watched in awe as the Marines execute their move unofficially known as the bursting bomb. To finish the performance an inspection was conducted. A Marine marched in front of the platoon, randomly selecting who to inspect. The inspection is an iconic portion of the performance because of the skillful rifle spins and tosses.
To conclude the ceremony, the Marine Corps Color Guard marched onto the field to present the colors of the United States and the Marine Corps. The 54-colored streamers which adorn the battle colors represent the history and accomplishments of the Marine Corps.
“I was getting chills because of how motivating it was,” Logan said. “I can look at everyone’s reaction to the performance and say those are my brothers out there doing what they do best.”
Attendees were invited to meet the Marines who performed after the ceremony was over. The Marines with the Battle Color Detachment will continue to tour the United States to perform.