The Cleveland Browns hosted more than 100 Marine poolees, 25 local Marines and other servicemembers for a Veterans Day pre-game celebration at the Browns’ stadium Nov. 2, 2008.
The celebration consisted of the poolees re-affirming their oath of enlistment, a multiple-flag presentation, a joint-service color guard, a Marine jet fly-over, and a Marine 21-gun salute before the Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens NFL game.
"The Browns are a great organization to work with," said Maj. Charles Cassidy, Recruiting Station Cleveland commander. "They like to show their support for all armed services."
The crowd at the game "high-fived" and cheered the Marines and other servicemembers, as they took the field.
Cassidy said events like this are a great opportunity for poolees to see how the public appreciates the Marines.
"It starts the poolees in showing pride in the Marine Corps, even before joining," said Staff Sgt. Timothy Johnson, staff noncommissioned officer in charge of Recruiting Sub-station Medina.
The poolees and servicemembers from the RS Cleveland area displayed the Cleveland Browns flag and after that, a U.S. flag, shaped like the U.S., was presented during the national anthem.
"I think it was a good evolution, a good thing for everyone involved," Johnson said.
Marines from 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, presented the 21-gun salute, made up with the Marie Corps portion of the color guard and teamed up with Marines from Cleveland Defense Finance and Accounting Service for the Marine Corps star-shaped flag display during the national anthem. Five star-shaped flags representing each of the five services: Marine Corps, Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Marines from All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, flew over Browns stadium during the final notes of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in two F/A-18 Hornets.