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Markel Powell participates in the 6th Annual Okinawa Zombie Walk at American Village, Okinawa, Japan, on October 30, 2016. The event was an opportunity for locals and service members to come out and display their zombie costumes. Service members and civilians also volunteered to guide the zombies as they had their pictures taken. Powell’s father, Chief Warrant Officer Three Fitzroy Powell, is a personnel officer with 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Powell and his son are from New York. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nelson Duenas/ Released)

Photo by Nelson Duenas

6th Annual Okinawa Zombie Walk: Brains!

1 Nov 2016 | Lance Cpl. Nelson Duenas III Marine Expeditionary Force

Flowing light moves like a river in a stark world of immense concrete roots. Kids dress for festivities. Happy shouts are drowned by the immensity of massive dull structures, metal monsters, and everywhere smiles lay bare - a convenient backdrop to set the scene for the 6th Annual Okinawa Zombie Walk.

The Zombie Walk was held at American Village, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 30, 2016, and was open for anyone who wanted to participate in the local community.

“There's no charge to participate outside of what it costs to transform into a zombie,” said Jamie Snider, photographer and coordinator for the Okinawa Zombie Walk. The zombies met in parking lot D at American Village and portraits were done for zombies who showed up early. “Then it's time to walk,” said Snider, a Palm Bay, Florida native. “The intention of the event is to have fun.”

Service members and civilians also had the opportunity to volunteer and guide the zombies as they had their pictures taken around the village.

“It is one of those things worth volunteering for,” said Lance Cpl. Jiskco Alvarez II, a Zombie Walk volunteer. Alvarez is an administration specialist with Headquarters Support Battalion, .
“I want to spend time outside base helping out others,” said Alvarez.

According to Snider, the volunteers’ time and effort was rewarded with a Letter of Appreciation after the event.