Ohio Marine News
The Leathernecks won't be patrolling the streets with guns, but they are bringing a lot of hardware to show off to the public.
You can expect a sampling of the Marines' latest weaponry, a chance to crawl over and through some of the big machines, and two opportunities to watch a coordinated Marine assault by land, sea and air.
Invasion plans are usually secret. But the Corps has given us a month's warning that the target will be Burke Lakefront Airport.
The demonstrations will emphasize the reason the Eagle, Globe and Fouled Anchor are not just an idle insignia -- the Marines excel at warfare on land, sea and in the air.
Around 200 Marines will come ashore in four 29-ton AAV 7s (tracked, armored amphibious assault vehicles). They'll be reinforced by Marines dropping from the sky, some landing in tilt-rotor MV-22 Ospreys, and others by parachute, said Lt. Col. Michael P. Hubbard, inspector-instructor with the 3rd Battalion of the 25th Marines in Brook Park. Air cover will be provided by F/A 18 Hornets, Harrier jump jets and Cobra gun ships.
It won't be the first time the Marines have invaded Cleveland. In 1959, nearly 1,200 Marines stormed ashore at Edgewater.
In January 2012, Toys“R”Us, Inc. announced that its eighth annual fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was its most successful to date, raising $4 million and collecting more than 400,000 toys to help make the holidays brighter for kids in need across the United States. During the nine-week campaign, Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide served as THE holiday giving headquarters as they collected new, unwrapped toy donations. Customers also made monetary contributions in stores and online at Toysrus.com through Christmas Eve.
To jump-start this year’s campaign, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., provided a $250,000 grant to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Also, to further demonstrate the company’s commitment to spreading holiday cheer to some of America’s neediest children, Toys“R”Us donated more than $250,000 worth of toys to Toys for Tots.
“At Toys“R”Us, it’s our mission to help kids in times of need, and with more than 16 million children now living in poverty in the United States, raising money and collecting toys was more important than ever before in helping to put smiles on