Such Pagentry and Patriotism

Though technically not in Virginia, the Marine Corps' Evening Parades held in Washington, DC are a thing of beauty, precision and pagentry that you should see. Held on Fridays from May through the end of August twice a night, these parades feature two Marine bands and what feels like hundreds of marines in dress blue uniforms. The ceremony has been in existence since 1801 and has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline, and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. If you can't make it to DC, you can always go to the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia for the Sunset Parade held on Tuesday evenings in the summer. Much smaller and more intimate, but just as stirring. Oorah.