Battle Color Detachment to bring Esprit de Corps to Lowcountry

Battle Color Detachment to bring Esprit de Corps to Lowcountry. Photo by Cpl. Jacob H. Harrer

On Wednesday, March 15th at 1 p.m. the Battle Colors Detachment from Marine Barracks Washington, featuring the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, the Silent Drill Platoon, and the Marine Corps Color Guard, will be performing free to the public aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island’s  Peatross Parade Deck.

The Battle Colors Detachment is also known as the ‘Oldest Post of the Corps.’  Marines appear in hundreds of ceremonies annually across the country and abroad. The U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, known as “The Commandant’s Own,” combines contemporary songs and traditional marching music with uniquely choreographed drill movements in a program entitled “Music in Motion.”

The Silent Drill Platoon performs a precision drill unlike any other. With fixed bayonets atop their highly polished M1 rifles, these Marines entertain
the audience with their intricate drill routine, performed without verbal commands. The Silent Drill Platoon’s rifle inspector highlights the
performance with an unrivaled inspection of his Marines, performing difficult rifle spins and exchanges.

The Marine Corps Color Guard carries the official Battle Color of the Marine Corps. The 54 streamers and silver bands displayed on the battle color
commemorate the military campaigns in which Marines have participated. They span the entire history of the nation, from the American Revolution to the present.

The Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps serves as the senior Sergeant of the Marine Corps and is selected from the Fleet Marine Force to carry the national flag.