Camp Lejeune will host the 67th annual Tarawa Day Ceremony at Camp Lejeune Friday. The event will pay tribute to the 2nd Marine Division veterans who fought in the historic Battle of Tarawa with a full day of events.
The events include a live-fire shoot for the veterans, a group photo, a static display of weapons and vehicles, a luncheon and a closing ceremony at the Paradise Point Officers' Club. The commanding officers of 6th Marine regiment and 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force will also speak to the veterans during the festivities.
The Battle of Tarawa took place in November 1943 in Japan, almost two years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It was the among the first American offensives in the Pacific Theatre of World War II.
The U.S. won the battle of three days of violent fighting. Nearly one thousand American servicemen lost their lives, with more than 3,300 injured. More than 4,800 Japanese soldiers were killed.