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   Today, visitors to Parris Island can marvel at the island’s history, and are welcome to tour areas of the still-active facility free with a pass issued with display of a driver’s license at the entrance gate.

  The Parris Island Museum showcases a variety of entertaining exhibits of the weapons, uniforms and events detailing the proud service of the Marine Corps from the Revolutionary War to the present, with more than 8,000 square feet of galleries. Displays include a variety of memorable items, including Russian-made tanks, Japanese samurai swords, World War I howitzers, as well as detailed stories behind the meaning of the Marine nickname “leatherneck”, the Corps motto “simper fidelis”, and the inspiring Marine Corps hymn.

  A driving tour offers a flavor of the depot, passing impressive monuments to the flag raising over Iwo Jima and the Marine Corps mascot Iron Mike, as well as Leatherneck Square, where recruit platoons can be observed performing hand-to-hand combat training.

  The island also features the Douglas Visitor Center and the Santa Elena History trail, where visitors can stroll along scenic marsh and estuary vistas past monuments to the ill-fated French and Spanish settlements, where archeologists have found remains of fortifications and dwellings dating to the 16th century.

  One of the great Parris Island traditions is the Graduation Day ceremony for recruits and their families. Presented with colorful ceremony on the famous Peatross Parade Deck and accompanied by the Parris Island Marine Band, the gala event honors new marines proudly wearing their dress uniforms for the first time. The full-day ceremony includes tours of barracks and an address to relatives and friends from the training battalion commander, welcoming all into the Marine Corps family.

   A favorite among families attending Graduation Day ceremonies is the City Loft Hotel only minutes away in historic Beaufort. The staff at Beaufort's City Loft Hotel offers exceptional hospitality, and honors those who serve our country.   The City Loft Hotel is a great accommodation for exploring Parris Island as a tourist or to attend the Marine Corps Boot Camp Graduation.

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