Marines practice for inaugural parade in jackets that salute their history

Parade
Photo credit Lance Cpl. Tanner D. Lambert/USMC

Marines prepping for the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden have taken a step back in time as they prepare for the Jan. 20 event.

Marine Barracks Washington Drill Master Gunnery Sgt. John Walker said Marines marching in the parade are practicing their moves wearing woodland-camouflage Vietnam-era M65 field jackets with their green service dress uniforms.

“We always practice in this jacket,” he said. “These jackets are not something unique for the inaugural parade.”

Walker said the field jacket is made of a more durable material that makes it ideal for practices and that it can only be worn during practice sessions.

The Marines are putting in hours of practice time in advance of the parade to ensure they are picture-perfect the day of the inauguration, he said.

“Right now, we are marching six feet apart due to COVID-19 restrictions,” Walker added.
The Marines marching in the parade are excited about their upcoming assignment, he said.

“We love doing this,” Walker said. “We want to have a flawless execution.”

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com

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