A lot of the parts used to build those mighty military machines on display during Marine Week are made in Cleveland.
BROOK PARK, Ohio - Children of all ages are learning what the U.S. Marine Corps is all about. More than 60 kids went to the Brook Park Recreation Center on Monday for an early education outreach program, which was part of Marine Week 2012.
The children sat quietly on the floor, captivated by a puppet show and book reading. They were mesmerized by five Marines who marched in the room wearing various period uniforms from as far back as the War of 1812 to the current uniforms of 2012.
The Marines taught the children how to salute, march and do pushups. The Marine mascot "Chesty" the bulldog aided the audience during several other education exercises.
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"Throughout the week you'll see events for people of all ages. This is the Marines' way of reaching out to the community and telling everyone that they're regular people too. Marine Week is a little way for them to give back," said Brook Park Mayor Mark Elliott. "The patriotism at all of our Marine Week events is enough to make our country proud. It's a great message for everyone this week."
A complete list of Marine Week 2012 events can be found by following this link: http://on.wews.com/LMzWBD
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.
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