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III MEF Band to perform at Kesennuma Port Festival

Date Posted: 2012-08-11

The III Marine Expeditionary Force Band performing during the 61st Kesennuma Port Festival in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture. On Sunday.

The band, invited by the festival's organizing committee, will be one of more than ten groups performing as part of the festival parade. Other groups include the Ground Self-Defense Force Northeastern Army Band and several groups from the area around Kesennuma.

The area was struck by the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake and a subsequent tsunami March 11, 2011. At that time, Okinawa-based Marines deployed to mainland Japan to offer assistance to the Government of Japan and to provide vital resources to assist recovery efforts.

Since the disaster, III MEF/MCIPAC leadership has visited leaders and citizens in the region several times and families from Oshima Island, which is located in Miyagi Prefecture, visited Okinawa as part of the Homestay Program. The program, which took place in the summer of last year, brought 25 children to Okinawa to participate in a cultural exchange and to provide emotional relief to those affected by the disaster. A similar cultural exchange will take place again this fall.

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