1st MCL National Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Veteran's Dedication Opening Ceremony
National Museum of the Marine Corps
A Monument to Honor, Courage and Commitment...
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If you are already a donor to the Heritage Foundation and have made a donation of $35 or more, you have most likely received a registration form to request tickets directly from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, to attend the Dedication Ceremony on 10 November 2006. Your request DOES NOT guarantee tickets. It WILL put your name into the drawing with the group of donors requesting tickets as the Heritage Foundation issues tickets later this year. There will be a limited number of tickets available from them for the Dedication on the 10th. Please recognize that the Marine Corps League is not involved in the distribution of those tickets for the Ceremony on November 10th.
The good news is - the following day, 11 November 2006, is set-aside for the Veterans groups etc. The Marine Corps League has been slotted into a time frame from 3:00 to 5:00 to have our group tour the museum (1-hour shifts) and then attend the Twilight/Candlelight Memorial Ceremony in the adjacent Semper Fidelis Memorial Park. (Registration for this event is now closed)
SINCE SO MANY MARINES WILL BE IN THE WASHINGTON AREA FOR THE MUSEUM DEDICATION AND VETERANS DAY, THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS IS SPONSORING OUR FIRST EVER NATIONAL MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY BALL TO BE HELD AT THE FAIRVIEW PARK MARRIOT ON NOVEMBER 10TH. (Registration Below)
THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE HAS SET ASIDE A BLOCK OF ROOMS FOR NOVEMBER 9, 10, AND 11, AT OUR SPECIAL RATE OF $89 a night plus taxes - AT THE FAIRVIEW PARK MARRIOT HOTEL, IN FALLS CHURCH, VA (same hotel that hosts our Mid Winter Conference). YOU CAN RESERVE A ROOM BY CALLING THE MARRIOT DIRECTLY AND TELLING THEM YOU ARE WITH THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE. First come, first served and when that block is gone, rooms will be at market rate.
WASHINGTON AREA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS NOVEMBER 10 - 13 2006
NOVEMBER 10, 2006
10:00 a.m. - Marine Corps Birthday Ceremony - Marine Corps War Memorial - Arlington, VA
1:00 p.m. - Official Dedication Ceremony - National Museum of the Marine Corps - Quantico, VA
6:30 p.m. - National Marine Corps Leagues Marine Corps Birthday Ball - Fairview Park Marriot, Falls Church, VA
(See Registeration Link Below)
NOVEMBER 11, 2006
10:00 a.m. - Veterans Day Ceremony - Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
2:00 p.m. - Marine Corps League forms up at Pentagon South Parking Lot for shuttle to National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico - (click here to register.)
Uniform of the Day - (where possible - not mandatory) in order of preference:
Marine Corps League Cover
Marine Corps League Casual Uniform - Red Blazer
Marine Corps League - Undress Uniform (long or short sleeve)
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Marine Corps League tours National Museum of the Marine Corps - Quantico
5:00 p.m. - Candlelight Ceremony/Twilight - To Commemorate Opening of Semper Fidelis Memorial Park on Veterans Day.
* Program to consist of historically uniformed Marines, Dedication speeches, and candlelight march into the Park
* Focus is on the memorial impact of the Park and its enhancement to overall visit experience to the Marine Corps Heritage Center
6:00 p.m. - Board shuttle buses to return to Pentagon South Parking Lot.
NOVEMBER 12, 2006
National Museum of the Marine Corps open to active duty military and Veterans. Shuttle buses only - South Pentagon Parking Lot - (throughout the day)
NOVEMBER 13, 2006
National Museum of the Marine Corps opens to the public
Click Here to view a PowerPoint presentation the National Marine Corps Museum
Register for the 1st MCL National USMC Birthday Ball
Information and Registration for the Fairview Park Marriott