Memorial held in Jacksonville for Marines and sailor gunned down in Chattanooga

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Folks in Jacksonville held a memorial today to remember the lives of the four Marines and sailor gunned down in Chattanooga.

Dozens gathered outside Jacksonville City Hall’s Freedom Fountain to commemorate the fallen servicemen.

Three of the Marines killed had ties to North Carolina.

One local Marine said it is important for the town to honor them.

“I was very impressed knowing that the sense of commitment that the town has to the Marines who might have only been here for a short period of time or stationed here felt compelled enough to hold a memorial in their honor. It was pretty touching. That’s a sense of community that Jacksonville has with its Marines and sailors,” said Sergeant Major Bill Oldenburg of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Another local man said he’s happy the city held the memorial.

“I want to show my respect and thanks for the individuals that give their lives. I’m delighted and gratified that the city of Jacksonville has found it in their heart to do something like this,” said Chris Parr.

Chairman of the Onslow Civic Affairs Committee, Don Herring, said, “These members are valuable to us and we as a community fall in love with them and their support so when they leave us, no matter where they go in the United States or outside the United States, a loss of one of those is a loss to us.”

People were invited to reflect upon the Freedom Fountain in honor of the five victims.

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