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Camp Pendleton honors the fallen

Camp Pendleton Marine Base held a ceremony Friday honoring 125 Marines and sailors who died in the last year serving in Afghanistan — as well as the 2000 who were injured. The sprawling base just south of San Clemente has experienced more than its share of loss over the years. For example, during the first half of the Iraq war, Marines from Pendleton had the greatest number of deaths and casualties of any U.S. fighting force.

Marines and sailors who lost their lives in Afghanistan are remembered at Camp Pendleton.

One hundred and twenty-five Marines and sailors killed in Afghanistan in the last year, and another 2,000 wounded, were honored at a ceremony Friday morning at Camp Pendleton. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Pendleton, had been in charge of all Marines in Afghanistan until that authority passed to those in charge at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

In the moving ceremony, as reported on the L.A. Now blog at the Los Angeles Times, the morning flag was raised, tributes were made, and the names of the last 8 Pendleton Marines killed in action were read. The latest casualty was Cpl. Ian Muller, 22, of Danville, Vt., killed on March 11.

During the ceremony, a bugler played taps and a bagpiper played “Amazing Grace.”

As an institution, one of the distinguishing features of the Marine Corps is its reverence for its history. Former Marines are invited to all ceremonies on this sprawling base: changes of command, memorials, award presentations, even ribbon-cuttings for a new barracks or water-treatment plant.

For example, at a change-of-command ceremony Thursday for the 1st Battalion, 4th Regiment, there were several rows of former Marines. A page in the program was devoted to the remembrance of a 1st Battalion, 4th Regiment Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in Vietnam: Cpl. Larry L. Maxam.

Remembering our past — and always honoring those who make the ultimate sacrifice — is vital to finding a way to bring an end to war and to prevent such ceremonies from ever needing to take place again.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall comes to Dana Point

Vietnam Wall Memorial traveling exhibit

Dana Point VFW Post 9934 is proud to host the American Veteran’s Traveling Tribute, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The wall will be in Dana Point from May 11-16, 2011.

From the VFW post website:

The Memorial is dedicated to Vietnam veterans and it honors all service men and women of the U.S. military forces. The traveling memorial was created as a service to those who might never travel to the Nation’s Capitol to experience “The Wall” first hand. The 240-foot long, eight-foot high faux-granite replica, contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in action in Vietnam. To see the Memorial, to touch it, and to experience its magnitude offers unforgettable moments of reflection and healing to thousands of visitors. The exhibit is free and will be open to the public 24 hours a day during the visit to Dana Point.

This is a unique opportunity for us locals to be able to see this renowned and inspiring traveling exhibit. Don’t miss it.

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