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Downtown Guide to Marine Week Phoenix

September 4, 2015 by Fara Illich

Marines greet the audience after an air-ground task force demonstration at Marine Week Cleveland in 2012. (Photo: Cpl. Marcin Platek, U.S. Marine Corps)

Marines greet the audience after an air-ground task force demonstration at Marine Week Cleveland in 2012. (Photo: Cpl. Marcin Platek, U.S. Marine Corps)

As part of Marine Week Phoenix, more than 600 U.S. Marines will come to Downtown Phoenix — engaging with the community through volunteer service, equipment displays, group workouts, concert performances and more.

By hosting a series of free events September 10-13, the men and women of the Marines hope to get to know the citizens of Phoenix, give them a sneak peek into military life — and hopefully have some fun too.

Marine Week officially gets underway Thursday, Sept. 10 but most of the Marines start trickling in Monday. So mark your calendars and check out our extensive guide to all the downtown Marine Week happenings.

Monday

Meet me Downtown Phoenix
Free community walk/run with the Marines or military-style group fitness class inside A.E. England Building. Afterwards, get deals at local restaurants and win raffle prizes just by participating. For the run, check in at The Corner, located inside CityScape, between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m — the group fitness class is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Marine Corps Recruiting Command Reception
Located at the Heard Museum from 6-8 p.m., this reception focuses on the power of education and the importance of strong leadership.

Wednesday

“Reveille”
Wake up at 6 a.m. to the traditional morning song of a bugler at Civic Space Park.

Work out with the Marines
Get a Marine-style workout every morning at 7 a.m. in Civic Space Park.

Colors
Ceremonial raising of the American flag starts at 8 a.m. in Civic Space Park.

U.S. Marine Corps Static Display — Civic Space
Meet marines and check out state-of-the-art ground vehicles, aircraft and equipment displays. A simulated firing range will be set up, in addition to weaponry and hands-on tutorials with the latest robotic equipment from 4-8 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

Eyes of Freedom Memorial and USMC Traveling Museum
A traveling memorial to fallen Marines, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in America’s war on terrorism. The display depicts the history of the Marine Corps through works of war art and includes images of the Navajo Code Talkers, Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Open from 4-8 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

Kick off Ceremony
Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski welcomes Marines and officially kicks off Marine Week Phoenix. The event featuring demonstrations by the Marine Corps martial arts program, working dog team, explosives team, live music performances and more. Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in Civic Space Park.

Evening Colors
Ceremonial retiring of the American flag at sunset located in Civic Space Park.

“Taps”
A Marine bugler plays “Taps” indicating lights out at 10 p.m. in Civic Space Park.

Thursday

“Reveille”
Wake up at 6 a.m. to the traditional morning song of a bugler at Civic Space Park.

Work out with the Marines
Get a Marine-style workout every morning at 7 a.m. in Civic Space Park.

Colors
Ceremonial raising of the American flag starts at 8 a.m. in Civic Space Park.

Wreath Laying Ceremony
A Marine bugler and color guard honor fallen service members at Bolin Memorial Plaza at 8 a.m., led by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

Marines in the Community
Located just west of downtown in University Park, the Marines and Bank of America volunteers will get involved in a community service project from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

U.S. Marine Corps Static Display — Civic Space
Meet marines and check out state-of-the-art ground vehicles, aircraft and equipment displays. A simulated firing range will be set up, in addition to weaponry and hands-on tutorials with the latest robotic equipment from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

U.S. Marine Corps Static Display — AMPCO
Ground vehicles, aircraft, and equipment displays located at the AMPCO parking lot at First and Jefferson streets from 12-10 p.m.

Eyes of Freedom Memorial and USMC Traveling Museum
A traveling memorial to fallen Marines, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in America’s war on terrorism. The display depicts the history of the Marine Corps through works of war art and includes images of the Navajo Code Talkers, Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

Send the Marines, All of the Marines: Women’s Leadership in the U.S. Marine Corps
Brig. Gen. Helen Pratt will lead an all-female officer panel from 5-6:15 p.m. focusing on the experiences, challenges and triumphs of women in today’s Marine Corps. Located at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism — ASU Downtown Campus.

Marine Spouses Reception
Councilwoman Kate Gallego, wife of Marine veteran and U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, will host a casual reception from 6-7:30 p.m. with complimentary bites and bar, with happy hour menu pricing at The Corner. City Light Movie Nights featuring the “The Avengers,” downtown’s new outdoor movie night, starts at 6:30 p.m. on Central Avenue. The reception is for Marines and their spouses but the outdoor movie is open to everyone.

Evening Colors
Ceremonial retiring of the American flag at sunset in Civic Space Park.

“Taps”
Marine Corps bugler sounds “Taps” — a musical piece indicating lights out at 10 p.m. in Civic Space Park.

Friday

“Reveille”
Wake up at 6 a.m. to the traditional morning song of a bugler at Civic Space Park.

Work out with the Marines
Get a Marine-style workout every morning at 7 a.m. in Civic Space Park.

Colors
Ceremonial raising of the American flag starts at 8 a.m. in Civic Space Park.

Wreath Laying Ceremony
A Marine bugler and color guard honor fallen service members at Bolin Memorial Plaza at 8 a.m., led by Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski.

Marines in the Community
Located at Phoenix Renews, a community garden project in the heart of midtown, Marines will engage in community service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

U.S. Marine Corps Static Display — Civic Space
Meet marines and check out state-of-the-art ground vehicles, aircraft and equipment displays. A simulated firing range will be set up, in addition to weaponry and hands-on tutorials with the latest robotic equipment from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

U.S. Marine Corps Static Display — AMPCO
Ground vehicles, aircraft, and equipment displays located at the AMPCO parking lot at First and Jefferson streets from 12-10 p.m.

Eyes of Freedom Memorial and USMC Traveling Museum
A traveling memorial to fallen Marines, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in America’s war on terrorism. The display depicts the history of the Marine Corps through works of war art and includes images of the Navajo Code Talkers, Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

Marine Night at the Ballpark
Game festivities include musical performances, color guard, a ceremonial first pitch, a tribute to the Navajo Code Talkers and fireworks from 5-10 p.m. at Chase Field.

WNBA Mercury Game First Responders Appreciation Night
A marine-led “National Anthem,” martial arts demonstrations and more. Game starts at 7 p.m. at US Airways Center.

Evening Colors
Ceremonial retiring of the American flag at sunset, located in Civic Space Park.

“Taps”
Marine Corps bugler sounds “Taps” — a musical piece indicating lights out at 10 p.m. in Civic Space Park.

Saturday

“Reveille”
Wake up at 6 a.m. to the traditional morning song of a bugler at Civic Space Park.

Work out with the Marines
Crossfit and Combat Fitness Test starts at 7 a.m. at Civic Space Park.

Colors
Ceremonial raising of the American flag starts at 8 a.m. at Civic Space Park.

Wreath Laying Ceremony
A Marine bugler and color guard honor fallen service members at Bolin Memorial Plaza at 8 a.m., led by U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego.

Navajo Code Talkers
Come listen to the famous Navajo Code Talkers talk about their heroic and hair-raising experiences during World War II from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

U.S. Marine Corps Static Display — Civic Space
Meet marines and check out state-of-the-art ground vehicles, aircraft and equipment displays. A simulated firing range will be set up, in addition to weaponry and hands-on tutorials with the latest robotic equipment from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

U.S. Marine Corps Static Display — AMPCO
Ground vehicles, aircraft, and equipment displays located at the AMPCO parking lot at First and Jefferson streets from 12-10 p.m.

Eyes of Freedom Memorial and USMC Traveling Museum
A traveling memorial to fallen Marines, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in America’s war on terrorism. The display depicts the history of the Marine Corps through works of war art and includes images of the Navajo Code Talkers, Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

Marines Rock
An all-Marine rock band headlines this free, family friendly performance from 7-9 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

Evening Colors
Ceremonial retiring of the American flag at sunset. Located at Civic Space Park.

“Taps”
Marine Corps bugler sounds “Taps” — a musical piece indicating lights out at 10 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

Sunday

“Reveille”
Wake up at 6 a.m. to the traditional morning song of a bugler at Civic Space Park.

Colors
Ceremonial raising of the American flag starts at 8 a.m. at Civic Space Park.

U.S. Marine Corps Static Display — Civic Space
Meet marines and check out state-of-the-art ground vehicles, aircraft and equipment displays. A simulated firing range will be set up, in addition to weaponry and hands-on tutorials with the latest robotic equipment from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

U.S. Marine Corps Static Display — AMPCO
Ground vehicles, aircraft, and equipment displays located at the AMPCO parking lot at First and Jefferson streets from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Eyes of Freedom Memorial and USMC Traveling Museum
A traveling memorial to fallen Marines, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in America’s war on terrorism. The display depicts the history of the Marine Corps through works of war art and includes images of the Navajo Code Talkers, Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

Colors
Marines thank the community and say farewell to the Valley of the Sun in the ceremonial retiring of the flag and official conclusion of Marine Week. Starts at 1 p.m. at Civic Space Park.


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