Thousands of Marines celebrate, march through local community
2 Feb 2016
The Marines and sailors of 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, are celebrating 75 years of honored service to the Marine Corps and their heritage here in eastern North Carolina.

In celebration, the division will parade through downtown Jacksonville with more than 5,000 uniformed service members and several static displays of equipment and vehicles for the community’s enjoyment. The route will begin on Montford Landing Rd., turning left onto New Bridge St., and left again on E. Railroad St. before ending at Riverwalk Crossing Park. The reviewing stand and best viewing area is near City Hall. Bleachers and raised seating has been coordinated through the city of Jacksonville’s staff. The parade can be viewed live at:

Following the parade, service members will enjoy the afternoon with family and friends at Riverwalk Crossing Park with food, games, and performance by the local USO. Later that same evening, the renowned 2nd Marine Division Band will perform a free concert at North Side High School 6-8 p.m. The event is open to the public.

A comprehensive list of events is included below.

Friday, Feb. 5 9:00-10:00 a.m. Memorial service at Camp Lejeune

10:30-11:30 a.m. Battle Colors Rededication & Awards Ceremony at Camp Lejeune

Saturday, Feb. 6 9:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 75th Anniversary Parade through downtown Jacksonville

12:00-3:00 p.m. 75th Anniversary Celebration at Riverwalk Crossing Park

6:00-8:00 p.m. 2nd Marine Division Band’s Concert at Northside High School

If interested in attending the rededication or conduct interviews with 2nd Marine Division’s leadership, please RSVP to 1st Lt. Joe Caldwell no later than 3 p.m., Feb. 3, 2016. All RSVP’d affiliates attending the rededication will depart the front gate promptly at 9 a.m., Friday.