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
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)