CLEVELAND -- Marine Week 2012 will not only give the public a chance to see the military up close, but give thousands of people a reason to check out Downtown.
The events began this week and will continue each day through Friday.
An estimated 75,000 to 100,000 visitors will come downtown, to participate in the events.
Hotels are booked, and restaurants and venues are rolling out the red carpet for the military personnel.
From military discounts for tickets to the Cleveland Aquarium, to free bowling for Marines at the Corner Alley, businesses are welcoming the troops.
For many of the men and women in uniform, this is a first visit to Cleveland.
"We're hoping to go to the Rock Hall, to check out an Indians game. Eat dinner downtown and have a good time," said Captain Gregory Varella, who flew one of the V22 Osprey planes up from North Carolina.
On Twitter, use the hashtag #MarineWeek to see what kind of discounts are being offered and how people are experiencing the events.