There really isn’t much that one can say about what you are about to see here in this video. It is simply awe-inspiring.
The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team is seen here in action at an annual event that takes place at Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. This event brings together military drill teams from around the world to show off their skills. The Marine Silent Drill Team has attended this event in the past, but this particular performance was simply beyond compare.
All I can say is that the precision, the sounds, the attention to the smallest details of movement in every aspect of the drill, is as perfect and anything human can be.
It is a treat both visually and audibly. The silence is as important as the stylized movements and the traditional dress uniforms. The rhythms of the rifle butts hitting the ground, the hand slaps on the rifles and on their thighs enhances the pomp and precision of the drill. The rifle skills are inherently dangerous, especially with their fixed bayonets, but are done with stoic, unflinching expressions These Marines are dignity and purpose personified.
Though it would be out of character with the dignity of this performance, if you are like me, you might feel like standing up at the end of this performance and shouting, “OooRah!”
Enjoy this purely visual and auditory masterpiece of discipline, order and precision. Amazing! Semper Fi!
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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.