Salute to Heroes
It has become an ASY tradition for ASY volunteers to participate in the BNP Paribas Open Salute to Heroes Night at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Each year nearly 100 active duty volunteers participate in a ceremony between exhibition tennis matches, presenting a stadium sized flag to the spectators during the playing of the National Anthem. Every year without fail the volunteers involved represent the discipline, professionalism, and “Esprit de Corps” of the United States Marines outstandingly.
Salute to Heroes is a truly inspiring event to participate in each year, because it gives the public a chance to see young Marines working together. The sight of 100 Marines marching to cadence perfectly in step is something many of the crowd in the stadium will never see otherwise. During a short visit before the Ceremony in 2014, MCAGCC Commanding General, Major General Berger, told the Marines “This may be the only time some of the people watching tonight ever see a Marine. You’re representing all the Marines around the world tonight.” The 100 Marines volunteers from Twentynine Palms couldn’t have done a better job representing the Corps’ core values of honor, courage, and commitment. As the Marine’s left the stadium one onlooker’s voice carried down from the stands saying: “how young they all look!” It was a very poignant moment as the crowd realized just how young the heroes that defend our country are, and how, despite their young age, they rise to the challenge and represent their country with unfailing courage and dedication.
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