JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – Marines around the world are celebrating the Marine Corps 241st birthday.
Camp Lejeune held a ceremony Wednesday attended by the secretary of the navy, and on Thursday, Marines honored those veterans lost in battle with a special wreath laying ceremony in Jacksonville.
The wreath was laid at the grave of Sergeant Major Thomas McHugh, who served as the third sergeant major of the Marine Corps.
(cpl. Melodie snarr, u.s. Marine corps)
“Sgt. Maj. McHugh’s personal decorations include a Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V(alor), the Purple Heart and the Navy Achievement Medal,” said Cpl. Melodie Snarr, U.S. Marine Corps.
Sgt. Maj. McHugh’s family and friends attended the ceremony.
He served at Camp Lejeune from 1962 to 1965.
Wreath-laying ceremonies are a continuing part of the Marine Corps’ birthday tradition.