Marine Corps Sunset Parade Honors Bruce Rose
The Carrington Family of Companies have always been staunch supporters of military service members, and make great strides to recognize the importance of all that our military does for our country both overseas and at home. Recently, the military repaid some of those respects by honoring Carrington CEO and Founder Bruce Rose, together with Walt Fricke, CEO & Founder of the Veterans Airlift Command, and a member of the CCF Advisory Board, at the historical Sunset Parade.
The history of the Sunset Parade is anchored in a memorable moment that took place at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 10, 1954. That date marked the unveiling of a bronze monument that was modeled after the iconic photo of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima. That date was also the 179th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. Also, President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial to all Marines who had died to keep their country free. Since September 1956, marching and musical units from Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., have been paying tribute to those whose "uncommon valor was a common virtue" by presenting Sunset Parades in the shadow of the 32-foot high figures of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.
The Sunset Parade is characterized by a one-hour performance featuring the music of “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and a precision drill performed by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.
“The ceremony, the music and the performance were dedicated to Carrington, the VAC, and their leaders Bruce Rose and Walt Fricke, to honor the support they have provided to our military,” said Shelly Lawrence, Executive Director of Community Relations for the CCF.
The event started with a special reception, where everyone met with top-ranking members of the Marine Corps, and socialized with supporters and staff of the Sunset Parade and its associated events. At that time, Bruce Rose and Walt Fricke were invited to say a few words, and they expressed gratitude for the work of the men and women of our armed forces, as well as a deep humility at being honored at such an occasion.
The Marine Drum & Bugle Core then performed a number of songs and military formations, followed by rifle drills executed by the silent drill team.
Carrington is incredibly humbled by this military display in honor of our company Founder and partner in our mission to support our servicemen and women. Thank you to everyone who continues to pledge appreciation to the brave soldiers fighting for our freedom. We couldn’t do it without you.
From left, Walt Fricke and Bruce and Rosemary Rose listen to remarks during a sunset parade reception at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Arlington, Va., May 30, 2017.
U.S. Marines with the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps perform during a sunset parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial.
The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performs during a sunset parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial.
Bruce Rose warmly greets a U.S. Marine.