By ERIKA I. RITCHIE / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
- Marines place the helmets on the rifles at the memorials of five Marines from the Second Battalion, 4th Marines who were killed in Afghanistan, during a remembrance ceremony held Thursday morning on Camp Pendleton.
CAMP PENDLETON – Five battlefield crosses with photos of fallen warriors stood in front of two formations of Marines on a parade deck at Camp Pendleton.
The crosses – M-16 rifles adorned with the Marines’ combat boots, helmet and dog tags around them represented Marines and sailors from the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines who died in Afghanistan.
The battlefield crosses were part of a remembrance ceremony Thursday that paid tribute to the fallen Marines, the families and friends. The event included formations of the 500 Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. The invocation was given by Lieutenant Commander Carl J. Stamper of the Navy. Taps and final Roll Call noting the missing Marines by calling their names and noting their absence with a single bell ended the nearly two-hour ceremony. Read more…