CAMP JOHNSON, N.C. (WNCT) – Dozens spent Thursday morning at Camp Johnson to kick off the annual celebration honoring the legacy of 20,000 black Marines who served the nation during World War II during a time of racial divide.
Montford Point Marines Day kicked off with a pre-parade serenade as family members of the original Montford Point Marines looked on.
Later, those family members received congressional gold medals in honor of their loved ones’ service.
“This ceremony today is a debt that we can’t ever repay to those Marines that came before us, but it is our form of showing some respect for their service,” commented Colonel David Grant, Commanding Officer MCCSSS.
Special remarks were made by Major General Walter Miller. He touched on the sacrifices the original Marines made and how their legacy influences all Marines who train at Camp Johnson.