Marine Week activities continue in St. Louis today with a wreath-laying ceremony at 11:15 a.m. today at Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis where the United States Marine Buglar and Color Guard will honor fallen service members. Michael Staenberg, president of THF Realty will lay the wreath.
From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. visitors can watch a Military Science and Technology Expo on a simulated firing range on state-of-the-arts weapons and hands-on tutorials with the latest robotic equipment. The Expo is being held at the Gateway Arch.
Also at the Arch from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., visitors can view the National Museum of Marine Corps Exhibit depicting the tradition and history of the Marine Corps through combat correspondent art work and history in panels showing the Corps’ timeline from inception in 1775 to the present.
At 3 p.m., the Albany Marine Band will perform at the Gateway Arch.
At 4 p.m. visitors can watch a demonstration of land, air and sea combat as Marines simulate an amphibious assault at the Gateway Arch.
Also from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. you can see a display of state-of-the-art ground vehicles, aircraft, weaponry and equipment displays at the Gateway Arch, Ballpark Village at Busch Stadium and Soldiers Memorial.
Marines will give a demonstration of marital arts hand-to-hand combat from 9-11 a.m. at the Arch and demonstrate how they work with their dog team from 10-11 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Throughout the day the Marines will be doing community service projects at Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, Operation Brightside and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Foristell. They will also participate in the dedication of an Operation Brightside park at 1 p.m. and a blood drive at Soldiers Memorial from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At 8:29 p.m., the Marines will retire the American flag for the evening followed by a USMC bugler sounding taps at 10 p.m. signifying lights out. Both will be done at Soldiers Memorial.