Updated 08/26/2010 08:56 PM
Montford Point Marines Day held in Jacksonville
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C.— It's a special way to honor some black World War II veterans.
Last month a senate resolution named August 26 Montford Point Marines Day. It's the 68 Anniversary of the day when the first black marines began to train at Montford Point. Several marines turned out for the day and were honored by the recognition.
About 20,000 black marines trained at Camp Johnson between 1942 and 1949, which brings a special feeling for those who have served.
"To see a Senate Proclamation bring it to the national level, and to be here where you know they trained so long ago, it's really special," said Gen. General James Conway, US Marines.
Senator Richard Burr sponsored a resolution to designate August 26 as Montford Point Marines Day. A national monument honoring the Marines is in the works.