Saluting Cleveland Marine Week's final days

10:55 PM, Jun 16, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- It's a sobering sight -- hundreds of American flags dancing in the wind alongside Lake Erie. Each flag in the fluttering sea of Old Glory placed perfectly in uniform rows to represent and honor an Ohioan who gave their life while serving the country in the fight on terrorism.  

CLICK HERE to see the complete Marine Week schedule for more information on the remaining events.

Not too far away, a Marine Honor Guard marches in front of a replica of the Vietnam Wall near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His steady pace passing in front of the "price of freedom" that's "written on the wall."

Photos: Cleveland Marine Week

Over at Public Square, people of all ages marvel at massive military machines from tanks to choppers -- some even climbing aboard to get a view from the inside.

"Taps" echoes from a bugler signaling lights out at Voinovich Park at 10 p.m. every night.

The obvious military presence downtown since Monday has all been part of Cleveland Marine Week, which brought hundreds of Marines from around the country to our city.

Photos: Dogs of the Marine Corps

Throughout the week, the men and women of the Marine Corps offered multiple special demonstrations to explain their weaponry, martial arts tactics, specialized dog training and more.

Some of the Marines even saluted our rock 'n' roll city by, well, rockin' out as members of the Quantico Marine Band performed several free concerts.

Photos: Quantico Marine Band at Rock Hall

At 5:30 p.m. Friday, the Marines land at Progressive Field for the pre-game festivities with the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Quantico Marine Band, ceremonial first pitch, a flyover and more.

Photos: Marine martial arts demo

Marine Week wraps up Sunday with multiple events at Burke Lakefront Airport, including an "Air, Land and Sea Combat Demonstration" at 2 p.m. It all comes to an end with a closing ceremony at Burke Lakefront Airport at 3 p.m., followed by the Marine Honor Guard being relieved at Voinovich Park at 5 p.m.

CLICK HERE to see the complete Marine Week schedule for more information on the remaining events.

If you have stopped by downtown to experience Cleveland Marine Week, leave a comment and tell us your story. You can also send us your photos/video of Marine Week HERE.

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