Just a few short blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Station, you'll find the U.S. Marine Barracks, what we Marines call "8th & I".
On Friday evenings, from approximately May through approximately August, the Marines stationed here put on precision drill performances. If you've seen the beginning sequences of the movie "A Few Good Men", you've gotten a very short glimpse of what these Marines can do.
Tickets for the performances are free. However, you MUST go online and request tickets. This is to assure that they don't get too many attendees for any one performance.
Once you have your ticket, you'll find the Gate you need to enter & stand in line for a little while. After you enter your gate, you'll be given a short welcoming address by a marine. He'll point out restroom and water thermos locations. Then it's on to your seats!
Pageantry, music, the rifle manual-of-arms! Only these marines do it with an unsheathed, fixed, bayonet!
There is a very small (about 20' x 25') souvenir store, (just ask any marine for directions) but they don't have typical USMC fare. Since this is the oldest post in the Marine Corps, and this post was started in 1801, everything there deals with 1801 style advertising/design.
If you are a marine/former marine, military buff...you will absolutely love this!
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