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Release No: 243-94
November 02, 1994

No. 243-P:11/02/94:The United States Marine Corps will hold

The United States Marine Corps will hold two ceremonies in the Washington, DC, area to commemorate its 219th birthday. Both ceremonies are free and open to the public.

First, a worship service will be held at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, November 6, 1994, beginning at 4 p.m. The Brass Choir of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band will perform before the service begins at 3:30. The service is hosted by General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps and Sergeant Major Harold G. Overstreet, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. The Chaplain, U.S. Marine Corps, Captain Larry H. Ellis, CHC, USN, will preach.

Second, on Thursday, November 10, at 10 a.m., Senator John H. Chafee (R-Rhode Island), a Marine Guadalcanal veteran and former Secretary of the Navy, will place a wreath at the base of the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, VA, during the annual memorial ceremony to honor fallen Marines. "The President's Own" United States Marine Band will present a concert prior to the ceremony. The U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and two marching companies from Marine Barracks will also participate.

Parking is available for a nominal fee at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor Center, with a free shuttle service to and from the ceremony beginning at 8:45 a.m. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for informal seating on the lawn.

Media desiring to cover the worship service should contact Major Paula Bogdewic, at (703) 614-1492. Media must be in place by 3:30 p.m. Use of flash or artificial lights are prohibited in the Cathedral.

Media desiring to cover the wreathlaying ceremony should contact Chief Warrant Officer Virginia Bueno or Gunnery Sergeant Cynthia Atwood, at (202) 433-4173/4497.

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