The ‘Fighting 13th’ Color Guard and a platoon-size formation of Marines were led by Col. Christopher D. Taylor, commanding officer of the 13th MEU and Grand Marshall of the Parade.
“Today was a great way for us to show solidarity with our home community of
Anaheim,” said .
“The Marines looked exceptional here today. The Parade is a perfect opportunity
to show the City of Taylor ,
the ancestors of those who helped make this a free country, and these Marines
will keep it free. I’d like to express our gratitude as well to the City, our
13th MEU Adoption Committee, Mayor Tom Tait and the council members who’ve
opened their doors to us and been so generous.” Anaheim
As the Marines marched down the mile-long parade route children smiled and waved flags and families clapped and cheered.
“I’m glad to be out here,” said McKay Engh, a 17-year-old resident of
who is planning to
enlist into the Marines next year. “It’s pretty cool seeing them march. These
guys look sharp and are a perfect example of Anaheim ’s finest.” America
Some Marines brought their families to the parade and afterward joined them at
“I’m excited and glad to have my wife with me here today,” said Lance Cpl. Charles Sims, an intelligence systems administrator with the 13th MEU. “I felt proud to be marching out here. The residents here have been very gracious. The parade and meeting the citizens of
was the highlight of our day. It’s also great to see everyone out here
reminding me of what we are fighting for.” Anaheim
The City of
adopted the Unit in October 2007 and its Adoption Committee has since supported
the MEU in numerous ways including, gift baskets for new parents, ball
fundraising and their annual Christmas party. The ‘Fighting 13th’ will begin
preparing for deployment later this summer as a force in readiness of seagoing
The City of