Quantico’s Maxwell to Help Commemorate James Madison’s Birthday
QUANTICO, Va. — Col. David Maxwell, the commanding officer at Quantico Marine Corps Base, will lay a special wreath commemorating the 262nd birthday of President James Madison.
Maxwell will attend the celebration honoring the 4th U.S. president at Madison’s Virginia home, Montpelier.
The Marine Corps Band from Quantico will also perform.
Here’s more information from a statement from the Marine Corps Base:
The Marine Corps Base Quantico Marine Band will be performing at the ceremony, while the Base Color Guard escorts the base colors and the national ensign. An Honor Guard will also be present, in the form of a firing squad, presenting a 21-gun salute to the former commander-in-chief.
Madison is known as the “father of the constitution” for his role in developing the U.S. governing document.
The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Montpelier. The gates to the historic property open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Admission on Sunday is free.
Maxwell returned form serving in Afghanistan in February 2012 and was named commander of Quantico Marine Corps Base shortly thereafter. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1988.