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Memorial honoring fallen corpsmen to be unveiled at Lejeune Memorial Gardens

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(Photo: Riley Eversull)
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Preparations are underway for unveiling the Corpsmen Memorial in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The new monument will be revealed during an official ceremony on October 12.

Lejeune Memorial Gardens outside Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune pays respects to those who have shaped United States military history, and another memorial is being added to honor who stand side-by-side with Marines -- the Navy Corpsmen.

On Wednesday, the Corpsmen Memorial will be dedicated in a formal ceremony. Officials say the tribute has been decades in the making.

Since 2008, the Corpsmen Memorial Foundation has been raising money to support the creation of the memorial meant “to honor all those who served alongside the Marine as Fleet Marine Force Corpsmen.” The history of the Corpsman rate dates back more than 100 years, when Congress established the first Hospital Corps on June 17, 1898.

The foundation estimates that about 2,227 Corpsmen have been killed in the line of duty since the inception of the Corpsman rate, and walkways around the statue will be paved with bricks cast with their names.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.