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Marines take over Nashville for show of military equipment in advance of Marine Week

LAV display in Nashville, TN
Marines with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., show children an M240B machine gun mounted on a Light Armored Vehicle during a static display in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 6. Marine Week Nashville celebrates the contributions of local Marines whose service to our nation has protected and preserved our way of life for hundreds of years. Photo: Marines.

Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Nashville organized static displays in preparation for Marine Week here, Sept. 6.

Marine Week Nashville officially kicks off Sept. 7 with an opening ceremony at Public Square Park at 6:00 p.m.

The public received a first-hand look at different Marine Corps assets, including aircraft, weaponry, amphibious and land vehicles and mine-detecting technology. Through demonstrations and observations, residents of Nashville also had the chance to meet many of the Marines personally.

“We’re getting connected with the citizens and giving them a chance to see what it is we do,” said Cpl. Michael Jones, a mortar man with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. “I’m giving them information on the mortar systems we use, while also explaining what it means to be a Marine.”

Visitors were able to tour certain vehicles and aircraft, and children got hands-on experience with some of the equipment as well.

“This is a wonderful chance for people to get up close and personal with the Marines,” said Dominic Breeze, a resident of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. “It’s important to remember they’re putting their lives out there for citizens of the U.S.”

From Sept. 7-11, more than 800 Marines will hold more than 100 events for residents of the greater Nashville area, including parades, school and hospital visits, community service projects and more.

“I think it’s amazing. It’s a great honor to come here and talk about the Marine Corps,” said Jones.

“You don’t see the people who are defending your country on a daily basis,” said Breeze. “It’s a good reminder to the public that these are real people putting their lives in harm’s way, and it’s not always about what occurs on the other side of the planet. It’s a great community builder for everybody.”

By Sgt. Lucas Hopkins

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