Recreating a Living Eagle, Globe, and Anchor
MCRD Parris Island decided to re-create the living Eagle, Globe, and Anchor from 1919 with modern recruits in celebration of their 100th anniversary. Over 4,500 recruits, drill instructors, and other personnel were used to recreate the insignia. There were lots of comments on Twitter about the event.
It appears that some of the recruits weren’t very happy about it. But the EAG contained personnel from all over the base, so there’s always the possibility of grinches in the mix. The disgruntled faced probably meant that they didn’t want to sit on their butts on the pavement so long.
In the 1919 EAG, one recruit was clearly taking a nap in the photo.
My favorite part about this 1919 “Living Eagle, Globe, and Anchor” from Parris Island is the recruit who’s clearly taking a nap. pic.twitter.com/EtFCGXAxjP— James Clark (@JamesWClark) February 7, 2019
Of course naps or complaints, they’re all human. So the EAG turned out pretty good, considering.
You can see the exuberance in their faces. pic.twitter.com/9n9MSosMMb— J.D. Simkins (@simkinsjourno) February 7, 2019
When the photo was posted on Twitter, one recruit told J.D. Simkins that they had just finished with the Crucible that morning. Geez. No wonder some of them look a little cranky. There were responses to that comment too:
“I’m cool with the USMC looking pissed off.”
“It shows, my dude. Congratulations on finishing, killer.”
“Yeah it shows.”
All in all we’re proud of them for putting forth the effort, even if some of them didn’t like it and were exhausted from the Crucible, which generally begins at 3 a.m. Here is a short video from the USMC that shows the intense final training where the recruit earns his or her place in the United States Marine Corps:
Featured photo: US Marine Corps. Left- the living EAG in 1919, Right, the living EAG in 2019