Marine Raiders Memorial March Honoring Military that Died in Crash
Dozens of people are on a foot journey to remember members of our military who died in a tragic crash. Seven U.S. Marine Raiders and nine U.S. Marine Aviator crew members were killed in a crash last July on board a military aircraft heading to pre-deployment training. The aircraft went down in LaFlore County, Mississippi.
We caught up with the Marine Raider Memorial March participants today at the Alabama-Georgia line on Highway 78. The group takes shifts, walking four at a time. Their 11 day ruck march began at the crash site in Mississippi and will span 900 miles to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. One of the marchers is representing her husband, who died in the crash. She says this journey is all about making sure the victims are not forgotten.
The group says so far, they’ve received a great showing of support from the small southern towns they’ve passed through on this difficult journey. The Ruckers are carrying a Marine Raider Flag, packs weighted by sandbags filled with soil from the crash site, and American Flags that were draped over the fallen soldiers’ caskets.
When the marchers get to their final stop, they’ll use the soil to plant a tree during a memorial service at Camp Lejeune.