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Today, Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) will serve as Major General and Mrs. Vaughn A. Ary’s Guest of Honor at the United States Marine Corps Sunset Parade in Arlington, Virginia. The Sunset Parade has been a long tradition of the Marines and it is a rare privilege to be chosen as the Guest of Honor.
“I am deeply honored to attend this evening’s Sunset Parade,” said Rogers. “The men and women serving in the United States Marine Corps are instilled with the core values of honor, courage, and commitment and tonight’s parade pays tributes to the lives that were lost to preserve our nation’s freedom and liberty. I am proud to be a part of this Marine tradition and I am grateful for all those who are serving our nation during this time of war.”

Major General Vaughn Ary is the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and asked Congressman Rogers to serve as tonight’s Guest of Honor. The Sunset Parade features the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and precision drill by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. 
On Nov. 10, 1954, the 179th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, a bronze monument modeled after the famous photo of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, was unveiled at the Arlington National Cemetery. President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial to all Marines who had died to keep their country free.

Since September 1956, marching and musical units from Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., have been paying tribute to those whose "Uncommon valor was a common virtue" by presenting Sunset Parades in the shadow of the 32-foot high figures of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial.