Wednesday, June 19:
The day begins at the Marine Corp Memorial, where you’ll see the bronze statue of five Marines and a Corpsman raising the Stars and Stripes over Mount Suribachi following one of the bloodiest battles in WWII on Iwo Jima. We will proceed to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which sits adjacent to the National Mall, just northeast of the Lincoln Memorial. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands as a symbol of America's honor and recognition of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War. Inscribed on the black granite walls are the names of more than 58,000 people who gave their lives or remain missing. Yet the Memorial itself is dedicated to honor the "courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country" of all who answered the call to serve during the longest war in U.S. history. In the same area you can also visit the Vietnam Women’s memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and the World War II Memorial.
9:AM board bus, 12:00pm back at hotel
$51/Person includes bus and escort.
Thursday, June 20:
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS
Open to the public in 2006, the National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines — past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, the Museum’s soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology will surround you with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse you in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. You’ll see permanent galleries and temporary exhibits. Make sure to check out the Museum store, located on the First Deck off the Leatherneck Gallery. The store carries a full line of Marine themed clothing, collectibles, books and toys. Enjoy lunch on your own either at the Devil Dog Diner or the Tun Tavern.
9:00am board bus, 3:00pm back at hotel.
$59/Person includes bus and escort. Lunch on your own.
Friday, June 21:
8th & I EVENING PARADE
After dinner on your own, board bus for the Marine Barracks (8th & I Streets). You’ll be directed to your reserved bleacher seating. Marines from the Barracks will give a history of the Barracks and a preview of what is to take place during the parade, which begins at 8:45pm. As the "Oldest Post of the Corps," Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., established in 1801, has performed military reviews and ceremonies since its founding. The present-day Evening Parade was first conducted on July 5, 1957. Observe the ceremonies that have been the tradition of Presidents and past Commandants of the Marine Corp that will include ceremonial Drum and Bugle Corps, Silent Drill Team, the US Marine Band, and the Marine Corp mascot “bulldog.”
6:45pm board bus, 11:00pm back at hotel
$56/Person includes bus and escort.