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Battle Color Detachment kicks off toy drive

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By Caleb Eames

The United States Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment will perform on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., at the Albany Civic Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Battle Color Ceremony will serve as the kickoff for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Pro­gram in the Albany area. Spectators are asked, if possible, to bring a toy to donate at the event. As part of a nationwide effort to help disadvantaged children during the Christmas season, toys will be collected by local Marines starting Oct. 15, continuing through the end of the year.

The Marine Corps Logistics Base Commanding Officer Col. Terry V. Williams will be the reviewing officer for the event.

The Battle Color Detachment, travelling from 8th & I Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., is comprised of the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, known as “The Commandant’s Own;” the Marine Corps’ Silent Drill Platoon; and the Marine Corps’ Color Guard.

The U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps will play their mix of contemporary/patriotic music and display traditional marching, and the precision of the Silent Drill Platoon is expected to be the crescendo of the event.

The annual performance provides members of the local and surrounding communities, base personnel, local officials and leaders, and Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps units from around the Southwest United States an opportunity to see an outstanding ensemble of musical and drill performance excellence. From the youngest JROTC member, to the oldest spectator, the Battle Color Ceremony will evoke pride and awe, and project the honor, courage and commitment of the United States military, past and present.

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