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Relieving the 24-hour guard at the War Memorial marked the end of Marine Week St. Louis 2011. At the closing ceremony, the community of St. Louis watched and listened as Maj. Gen. Anthony Jackson, and Lt. Col. Shane Tomko thank the city for their hospitality and support. Marine Week provided an opportunity to increase public awareness of the Marine Corps' value to our nation's defense and to preserve and mature the Corps' relationship with the American people. ::r::::n::

Photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Osborne

Marines bid farewell to St. Louis

26 Jun 2011 | Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Osborne

Marines and St. Louisans gathered at the War Memorial June 26, for the closing ceremony of Marine Week St. Louis 2011

Marine Week began with Francis G. Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, kicking-off the events at the proclamation ceremony June 20, during which a 24-hour Honor Guard was posted at the memorial.

Throughout the week, Marines displayed their land, air and sea vehicles and capabilities.

The week was more than just showing off equipment and capabilities, it focused on a desire to help the community, with Marines volunteering at dozens of locations throughout the city.

During the closing ceremony, Maj. Gen. Anthony L. Jackson, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations West, thanked the city of St. Louis for their support and hospitality.

He added, “As you return to your daily lives, I ask you remember the Marines still in combat.  I ask you all, thank the servicemen for their sacrifices, thank their families for their sacrifices and St. Louis, thank you for being so warm to us.”

The 24-hour Honor Guard were relieved of their post by Lt. Col. Shane Tomko, commanding officer, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Marine Week, concluding Marine Week St. Louis 2011

“Thank you for coming here today and thank you for letting us honor you and your families,” said Tomko.

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