• PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Honorary Color Guard followed by marching elements from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force lead a half-mile parade through Pacific Grove, CA during the Good Old Days festival.

    DLIFLC Service Members take lead in Pacific Grove parade

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Honorary Color Guard followed by marching elements from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force lead a half-mile parade through Pacific Grove, CA during the Good...

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Honorary Color Guard from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center stand ready in their final moments before kicking off the 55th Annual Good Old Days festival in Pacific Grove.

    DLIFLC Service Members take lead in Pacific Grove parade

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Honorary Color Guard from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center stand ready in their final moments before kicking off the 55th Annual Good Old Days festival in Pacific Grove.

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - After participating in the parade, Lance Cpl. Nicklas Van Hoozier and Lance Cpl. Aaron Reynolds shake hands with spectators while perusing the street vendors during the 55th Annual Good Old Days festival.

    DLIFLC Service Members take lead in Pacific Grove parade

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - After participating in the parade, Lance Cpl. Nicklas Van Hoozier and Lance Cpl. Aaron Reynolds shake hands with spectators while perusing the street vendors during the 55th Annual Good Old Days festival.

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- Marching elements from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines as well as the joint-service honorary color guard of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center once again helped Pacific Grove launch its annual Good Old Days celebration April 14.

DLIFLC's military representatives were given a place of honor by leading the half-mile parade down the Pine St. thoroughfare of "America's Last Hometown" that traditionally starts the two-day festival.

Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Fournier, non-commissioned officer-in-charge of the Army's 229th Military Intelligence Battalion marching element, stated that his Soldiers were not nervous about the parade and that they had prepared by drilling and conducting a detailed uniform inspection.

"Our appearance is important because it reflects our pride in our Service and in our Nation and hopefully that inspires the same pride in the people watching us,"said Fournier, moments prior to the parade's start. "[The Soldiers] look great and are one-hundred percent ready."

National pride did not appear to be lacking as parade spectators enthusiastically waved small American flags handed out by local volunteers earlier in the day.

Marine Lance Cpl. Oliver Schlotfeldt commented on the crowd's reaction to the military during the parade.

"You could definitely hear the crowd get louder as we passed," said Schlotfeldt. "I heard a lot of 'thank yous'."

The 55th Annual Good Old Days event took place April 14-15 and, in addition to the parade, featured 230 vendors, five entertainment stages, 70 bands including the DLIFLC Air Force Student Choir, and an assortment of carnival-style rides for children.

In appreciation for their service, the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce provided free meals for the duration of the festival to active duty military members.

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