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        DC & Northern Virginia’s Best Places for Marine Corps Ceremonies

        Forget the conference room or parade deck!

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        Top Venues Around Quantico for USMC Ceremonies:

        1. The Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington, VA
        2. National Archive in DC (Home of the original Declaration of Independence)
        3. National Museum of the Marine Corps, just outside MCB Quantico in Triangle, VA
        4. BONUS! Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, VA

        1. The Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington, VA.

        Enough said for the Marine Corps.

        Side note: Marines in uniform are celebrities at the Memorial. Check out the promotion ceremony I did last fall. Bus loads of veterans rolled through one after the other, including an Iwo Jim Veteran who passed just weeks after we shook hands.

        2. National Archive in Washington DC

        The Rotunda is the permanent home to the original Declaration of Independence. (Remember the scene from National Treasure?!)

        3. National Museum of the Marine Corps

        National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, VA outside Marine Corps Base Quantico is an ideal location for re-enlistment and promotion ceremonies. alisonbellphotographer.com

        I can’t get enough of this place. Their gallery surpasses the Smithsonian in my humble opinion.

        • Reservation required, but no permit fees
        • 30 minute time slots for promotion or re-enlistment
        • 1 hour slots for retirements *Covid update: 1 hour to include set up and break down, chapel included.
        • Option of Outdoor Parade Deck or Indoor Leatherneck Gallery (main atrium area)
        • Fewer than 10 guests can be hosted in the historical galleries (exhibit spaces)
        • Lots of options for flags, podiums, eating, even music.
        • After ceremony options for food and drink on site
        • Phone: 1.877.653.1775
        • Site: https://www.usmcmuseum.com/military-ceremonies-at-the-museum.html

        4. BONUS! Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel

        COVID Update as of spring 2022: The Museum is allotting one hour for all ceremonies, including set up and tear down, both inside the museum and the chapel. I think it’s absurd and unfortunate. It’s still a viable option for pinnings and re-enlistments, but not for retirements.

        Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and National Museum of the Marine Corps Promotion Ceremony by Alison Bell Photographer, alisonbellphotographer.com
        Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and National Museum of the Marine Corps Promotion Ceremony by Alison Bell Photographer, alisonbellphotographer.com

        The chapel is managed by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation which has its headquarters inside the USMC Museum. They’re connected, but different, meaning different reservation points of contact.

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        I find joy in chaos. The louder, the better!

        I’m a chaos-commanding family photographer thriving in the loud & messy.

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