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The 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion color guard marches during the Grubstake Days Parade held in Yucca Valley, Calif., May 24, 2014. The parade is an annual community event to commemorate the town's mining heritage.

Photo by Cpl. Ali Azimi

Combat Center Marines participate in annual Grubstake Days Parade

24 May 2014 | Cpl. Ali Azimi

The 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion color guard represented the Combat Center in the 64th Annual Grubstake Days Parade, May 24, 2014.

Grubstake Days has been celebrated in Yucca Valley, Calif., since 1950. It is an annual event that brings the community together and with it the Marines of the Combat Center. 

The parade celebrates the mining heritage of the town. 

The Marines led the parade, passing hundreds of spectators as the United States and Marine Corps colors waved in the air. As they passed by, people on the sides of Onoga Trail stood to honor the colors. 

“It was a really special opportunity,” said Sgt. Dylan Nessner, color sergeant, 3rd LAR color guard. “I’m glad to be able to do it, not only to represent our unit, but the Combat Center as well.”

The color guard was followed by a trail of vintage cars, high school bands, and local club and business members. Although the crowd cheered during the rest of the parade, it was not nearly as loud as the “Oorahs” and “Semper Fi's” they shouted when the leaders of the parade passed. 

“My kids [and I] love the Marines,” said Kasidy Williams, local resident. “I hope we get to see them again next year.”


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