Camp Lejeune hosts 21-minute gun salute on Memorial Day

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) —Aboard Camp Lejeune, a gun salute paid tribute to fallen military members this Memorial Day.

The base hosted a 21-minute gun salute. The guns fired in honor of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

“Basically it’s just taking a moment to pause, realize and remember those of us who have fallen in combat,” 1st Lt. Hayden Childers, Battery G, 2ND Battalion, 10 Marine Regiment, said.

Nearly 100 Marines and their families came out for the salute aboard base. And the significance of the day wasn’t lost on the youngest in attendance.

“It’s about caring about the people that have died while they gave their lives for our country,” 6-year-old Owen Campbell said.

Marines were hands on with some of the kids, teaching them how the guns work and giving them a chance to imagine themselves in boots someday.

For Marines currently serving, it’s a day to honor fallen brothers and sisters

“If they could put their life on the line for the country and give that sacrifice then we can always do this for them,” Sgt. William Duttine, Golf Battery 2/10 said.

Four guns fired seven shots each, for a total of 21. Each shot was fired one minute apart.

“Similar to a moment of silence that would be conducted,” 1st Lt. Childers said. “It’s conducted in one-minute intervals to basically just pause and remember those that we’ve lost.”

After the last shot, the American flag in front of John A. Lejeune Hall was raised from its half-staff position.

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