News: Santa Claus is coming to town: Marines, Santa march down street in Morehead City Christmas Parade
Story by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. - The countdown until Christmas has begun, and thousands of residents flocked to Morehead City, N.C., to celebrate the holiday season with a parade Dec. 10, showcasing Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing as well as jolly old Saint Nick himself.
The 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion Color Guard and the 2nd MAW Band led the way down the main street of Morehead City.
“Having about 50 Marines lead the way in the parade is a great way to start of this parade and is an honor,” said Tom B. Kies, the executive director of Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association. “The Marines are the first people we talk to when getting a parade together. We feel they are an integral part of our parade and our community.”
Kies said Morehead City is very proud of its armed services especially the Marines of MCAS Cherry Point and 2nd MAW.
“We are extremely lucky to have Cherry Point right down the road,” said Kies. “Marines make this parade very special.
“They represent the best of the U.S. The sacrifices they give to defend this country are more then we could ever imagine, and it makes me proud to see them march in our parade.”
Residents shouted words of encouragement and thanks as 2nd MAW Band marched by and played Christmas carols.
“This parade brings families and our community together,” said Curtis G. Jones, a resident of Morehead City. “Having the Marines in this parade taking the time to play for us makes me feel honored.”
As high school cheerleaders, marching bands, area animal shelters, mom and pop shops and several retired military organizations passed by the viewing area, some gave a special salute to recent city officials, mayors, and Lt. Col. Eric S. Weissberger, the executive officer of MCAS Cherry Point. Others performed a dance, all showing their appreciation for the VIPs and what they have done for the community.
“This is awesome and a great thing to see the Marines of 2nd MAW honored for their hard work,” said Weissberger. “The Marines helping in this parade keeps the community relations we have with this city in good standing and is a great way for the Marines to give back.”
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