A lot of the parts used to build those mighty military machines on display during Marine Week are made in Cleveland.
CLEVELAND - Rain or shine, honorary Honor Guards are protecting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at Voinovich Park in Cleveland throughout Marine Week.
It's not just for showmanship. They are there to provide security from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day on the Ninth Street Pier.
The guards take one hour shifts marching back and forth along the red carpet, much like Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
"It's a humbling experience to say the least. It can be tiring, hot and sweaty, but it makes you extremely proud," said LCpl. Matthew Taylor, of India Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, based in Buffalo, NY.
Normally, Taylor and his fellow Marines are out in the field practicing infantry tactics, so their Marine Week experience is a change of pace and quite a treat.
"Overall, Marine Week is incredibly important. It shows what we're all about," said Taylor.
He's grateful for the warm reception Cleveland has given the Marine Corps this week.
"There's been an impressive turnout. The crowds have been awesome and really supportive. I've gotten a million pats on the back."
The traveling Vietnam Memorial, a replica of the permanent memorial in Washington, D.C., is in Cleveland during Marine Week, where U.S. Marines exhibit is under way showing manpower and military machinery.
The Marine Corps has taken Cleveland and Brook Park's youth under its wings during Marine Week.
The Marine Week Cleveland mural, which was painted by six Marines, was unveiled on Friday morning at the Cleveland Water Collection on East 55th Street and Carnegie Avenue.
The Ohio Flags of Honor memorial, featuring more than 400 full-sized flags, is on display in Cleveland's Voinovich Park throughout Marine Week.
Saturday and Sunday, the U.S. Marines put on a show that dazzled spectators.
Marines demonstrate their canines' capabilities in Cleveland's Public Square during Marine Week 2012.
Rain or shine, honorary Honor Guards are protecting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at Voinovich Park in Cleveland throughout Marine Week.
The Cleveland safety forces beat the Marines in a Wednesday night game of flag football at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Visitors pouring-in to see Marines may help Cleveland's economic future.