Synchronized Bad-assery

There’s an old saying about the United States Marine Corps: “No better friend — No worse enemy.”

With Marine Week concluding in Boston Sunday, anyone at the Charlestown Navy Yard got to see Marine discipline in its full glory as the Corps’ Silent Drill Platoon put on a demonstration for a huge crowd in front of the old barracks.

Think synchronized swimming. On land. With guns.

The photos don’t really do the service justice — you really have to see it in person to get the experience — but here’s a quick look at the event, anyway.

5.9.2010 — BOSTON — Lance Cpl. John Nelson, of Amesbury, performs during the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon's demonstration at the closing ceremony for Marine Week at the Charlestown Navy Yard on May 9, 2010.

5.9.2010 — BOSTON — A Marine Corporal performs a weapon inspection with the Silent Drill Platoon at the closing ceremony for Marine Week at the Charlestown Navy Yard on May 9, 2010.

5.9.2010 — BOSTON — Members of the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon perform a demonstration at the closing ceremony for Marine Week at the Charlestown Navy Yard on May 9, 2010.

I also got to spend a little bit of time with an amazing group of ladies, the Gold Star Mothers, as they were honored by the Marine Corps for their incredible sacrifice of their sons. It was Mother’s Day, after all.

5.9.2010 — BOSTON — Florence Johnson, a Gold Star Mother and a mother and grandmother to two Marines and a veteran of World War II herself, gives a hug to Lance Cpl. Timothy Potter at the closing ceremony for Marine Week at Charlestown Navy Yard on May, 9, 2010.

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