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The Rancho Mirage Memorial Wall stands erect at the Rancho Mirage Community Park, Feb. 14, 2016. The wall was unveiled during the opening of the expanded community park. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thomas Mudd/Released)

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Combat Center Color Guard presents colors at memorial wall

19 Feb 2016 | Story by Lance Cpl. Thomas Mudd Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - The Combat Center Color Guard presented the national colors and the Marine Corps colors during the unveiling ceremony of a veterans’ memorial wall in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Feb. 14, 2016.

“It is an honor to be able to participate in this ceremony,” said Lance Cpl. Jimmy Hampton, left rifleman, Combat Center Color Guard. “It is a humbling experience to be able to present the colors in a ceremony that honors the people that came before me.”

The city built the wall during an expansion of their community park located next to the city’s auditorium. During the ceremony, members of the community were glad to honor the veterans from the past, as well as those of the present and future.

“We brought the color guard out here because the Marines are a huge part of our community,” said Michael Schlange, marketing and events specialist, city of Rancho Mirage. “This event would not be complete without a few of members of the base being here.”

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