USMC helicopters land in downtown Phoenix for Marine Week

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More than 800 Marines arrived in the Valley Monday and Tuesday as part of Marine Week ceremonies.

On Tuesday morning at sunrise, we were there as AH-1 Super Cobra and UH-1 Huey helicopters landed near 1st and Jefferson Streets.

The aircraft will be available for public view at the Marine Week vehicle and aircraft static display, Thursday through Sunday.

Marine Week is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the unique experience to directly connect with hundreds of Marines.

The week offers a chance for Marines to demonstrate who they are and how they defend our nation.

"Marine Week will bring the Corps’ latest technology, state-of-the-art equipment, rich history and hundreds of Marines to Phoenix," said Lt. Gen. David Berger, commanding general of First Marine Expeditionary Force. "Marine Week is our opportunity to connect with Arizonans, and all patriots, thank them for their support and demonstrate why the Marine Corps is America’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness."

Marine Week attendees will have the opportunity to climb aboard a variety of the Corps’ aircraft and ground equipment at static display venues throughout downtown, to include the latest edition of the Cobra attack helicopter and the multifaceted Assault Amphibious Vehicle.

People of all ages are invited to witness Marine Corps martial arts and military working dog demonstrations, meet legendary Navajo Code Talkers in person, honor fallen heroes, workout alongside Marines and take in the sights and sounds of the Silent Drill Platoon and Marine Corps Band. Marines will be lending a hand to local communities through multiple community service projects, such as neighborhood clean-ups.

The week will culminate with a simulated air-ground combat demonstration, as the Marines highlight the unique capabilities they use to fight our country’s 

"The City of Phoenix is pleased to host Marine Week in 2015. It will be a true honor and privilege to celebrate the service of the brave men and women who protect us and our freedom," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "Marine Week promises to be one of the most incredible hands-on events we have ever hosted in Phoenix. Families from all over Arizona are going to enjoy an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and interact with hundreds of Marines, to thank them for their service, and get up close and personal with heavy-duty military vehicles."

Marine Week brings the best of the Marine Corps to a classic American city that does not have the opportunity to interact with Marines on a regular basis. All Marine Week events are family friendly, free and open to the public.

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