WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the nation pauses this Memorial Day to remember fallen service members, a native of Osseo, Wisconsin, has special responsibilities honoring fallen comrades in the nation’s capital with the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard.

“I’m in the color guard,” said Seaman Marina Hall, who joined the Navy one year ago. “We offer honors for high-ranking officials and ceremonies, such as sporting events.”
Established in 1931, the United States Navy Ceremonial Guard is the official Ceremonial Unit of the U.S. Navy and is based at Naval District Washington Anacostia Annex in Washington, D.C.

According to Navy officials, the Ceremonial Guard’s primary mission is to represent the Navy in Presidential, Joint Armed Forces, Navy and public ceremonies under the scrutiny of the highest-ranking officials of the United States and foreign nations, including royalty.

Sailors of the Ceremonial Guard are hand selected while they are attending boot camp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. Strict military order and discipline, combined with teamwork, allow the Ceremonial Guard to fulfill their responsibilities with pride and determination. They are experts in the art of close order drill, coordination and timing.

Growing up in Osseo, Hall attended Osseo Fairchild High School and graduated in 2018. Today, Hall uses skills and values similar to those learned in Osseo.

“I learned in Osseo the importance of tenacity,” said Hall. “We have some severe weather in Wisconsin where I grew up, and now we have to march in the snow at Arlington National Cemetery. I’ve been told I have a lot of drive and I believe that comes from my time in Wisconsin.”

These lessons continue to help Hall while serving in the military.

The Ceremonial Guard is comprised of the drill team, color guard, casket bearers and firing party.

Casket bearers carry the Navy’s past service members to their resting ground. Whether it is in Arlington National Cemetery, or another veteran’s cemetery. The firing party renders the 21 Gun Salute, the signature honor of military funerals, during every Navy Funeral at Arlington National Cemetery.

Serving in the Navy means Hall is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“We have a lot of forces that are deployed around the world supporting national security,” said Hall.

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

Hall and the sailors they serve with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.

“I’m most proud of my work with the Committee of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions,” said Hall. “We help sailors make right choices.”

As Hall and other sailors continue to train and perform the missions they are tasked with, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the military is a family tradition,” added Hall. “My great grandpa was a Seabee, and he was one of the smartest, hardest-working people I’ve ever met. I wanted to carry on his legacy.”