The beloved Marine mascot Chesty XIV retired at a ceremony held at the Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., on Friday after five years of service to Corps.
His last parade ceremony with the storied Marine Barracks will be held Friday night for the evening parade.
Chesty XIV, named after five-time Navy Cross recipient Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller, began his tour with the Corps in February 2013.
His replacement, Chesty XV, was announced late March. The young bulldog puppy recruit has since graduated from recruit training and will take the helm as the Corps' new mascot on Saturday, according to the Marine Barracks Washington.
Chesty XV will march in his first parade as the official mascot on August 31.
English bulldogs have participated in the Corps’ evening parades since 1957.
Shawn Snow is the senior reporter for Marine Corps Times and a Marine Corps veteran.