A crowd of about 3,000 students, faculty, community members, and Marines who served in conflicts from World War II until the present were on hand to see the Battle Color detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps on the Ramona High School field on March 13.
The Commandant’s Own Drum and Bugle Corps performs during the U.S. Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment Ceremony at Ramona High School.
Sentinel photos/Bill Tamburrino
The Reviewing Officer of the Day is VIP Ken Dower, a Marine staff sergeant who served in World War II and at the Chosin Reservoir in Korea. Dower was awarded The Medal of Valor for his service at Chosin. A Ramona resident, he is flanked by West Point Cadet Justin Godes, a 2010 Ramona High School graduate, and Annapolis Midshipman Bryson Garcia, a 2011 graduate of RHS.
The All-Marine Color Guard of two riflemen flanking the Marines presenting the flags of the United States of America and the Marine Corps enter the field. Marines have fought in campaigns from the Revolutionary War to the present-day war on terrorism. The banners from those campaigns are displayed with the Marine Corps flag.
Ramona resident and Marine veteran Ken Dower, the Reviewing Officer of the Day, stands with the captain of the Silent Drill Platoon.
Above, The Silent Drill Platoon is made up of Marine Corps riflemen stationed at the Marine Corps barracks in Washington, D. C.