US Marines Take To Horseback For County Fair
Filer, Idaho (KMVT-TV) One of the most unexpected things to see at this year's Twin Falls County Fair was United States Marines on horseback. It wasn't the halls of Montezuma or the shores of Tripoli, but the members of United States Marine Corps brought their presence to the Shouse Arena at the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds.
Sgt. Cole with the USMC Mounted Color Guard says, "What's unique about our presentation is that we are the last remaining mounted color guard in the Marine Corps today. There's no other equestrian unit in the Marine Corps. We do everything a walking color guard would do, we just do it on horseback."
The four riders carried old glory into the rodeo arena for the grand entrance during the national anthem. Rodeo Committee Member Dan Carter organized this evening's festivities, and he said he couldn't be prouder of these US Marines.
Carter says, "For them, it's just a tour of duty. That's what they do, they are a color guard for a while. One of the young men just came off a tour of duty on Afghanistan. They are absolutely wonderful young people to be around, and they are Marines, and that's all there is to it."
The mounted color guard, which is based in Barstow, California, also took part in the tribute to fallen soldiers during the rodeo's halftime. The tribute honored the 62 young men and women from Idaho who've given their lives for their country.
Cole says, "Thanks for having us out here. We're honored to be here."
Aug. 31, 2012.