World War Two veterans spent the day aboard Camp Lejeune.
“We didn’t know all this was stuff, we just decided I wanted to come back here before I died and see what the place was like,” said Dick Tracy.
Dick Tracy enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1940. He says he’s proud to see young kids serving our country.
“To come and join the marines you have to have a sense of civic duty and yes country duty so I think you’re all going to be what I said a marine all of your life. You don’t get away from it. It’s just a big honor for me that we happen to hit the right time to come down.”
The annual event gives world war two veterans and their families the opportunity to spend a day aboard Camp Lejeune. The day began at W.P.T Field with an opening ceremony followed by a parade of vehicles and a view of the Ariel troops jumping from a plane. Tracy says he’s amazed with Camp Lejeune and the new technology.
“It just boggles my mind looking around what they got here and there still apparently buildings.”
Marines say they can’t thank the world war two veterans enough for their service to our country.
“It’s hard to put into words how much we owe to them and really about them and the event today is really about them. It’s not about us doing a jump for them or the aircraft we brought on here or all the vehicles. It’s really about us honoring their sacrifice and what they’ve done for this country,” said Captain Ross Strack.
Tracy says he’s also grateful for the marines who serve our country every day.
“It’s just an honor a big honor for me that we happen to hit the right time to come down here. At 95 you don’t have too many years left,” said Tracy.