The Marine Barracks - Washington DC


     The Washington DC is the home of many military bases and installations.  Since I work with many military families relocating I thought it only fitting to profile these bases.

How fitting; but to start with the Marine Barracks in Washington DC.  Located in the District at 8th Steet and I Street SE; the Marine Barracks is the oldest Active Post in the Marine Corps. 

The Marine Barracks was established in 1801 by President Thomas Jefferson, who was looking for a location that was both close to the Navy Yard as well as within marching distance to the US Capitol.

Every Commandant of the Marine Corps since 1806 has called this place home, along with the United States Marine Band, (aka 'The Presidents Own' Band), Drum and Bugle Corps, Silent Drill Platoon, and the Color Guard.

The Marine Commandants home is the last remaining original building.  The buildings of the Marine Barracks were not burned by the British during the burning of Washington during the War of 1812. It is said out of respect for the marines bravery during Battle of Bladensburg. The Commandants house now holds the title as the oldest public building in continuous use in the nation's capital.

The over 1100 service men. women and civilians not only provide ceremonial services for parades and funerals of dignitaries but also security operations in DC and provides contingency forces for the 'White House Emergency Plan'.


In the Marine or other Military Branch of Service and Relocating?  Contact James for a Free Relocation Package. 


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Alan Bezet for Maguire-Reeder, LTD.


  We are a production company named Maguire-Reeder in Alexandria, VA and we would like permission to use this picture in a video that we are doing for Veteran Affairs. Please contact us back at your earliest convenience to let us know. Thank you for your time.


Alan Bezet
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Jul 29, 2008 03:41 AM