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Marines help with repairs at Civil War park

Marines on Friday helped build a drainage ditch at a Civil War battlefield park.
Marines on Friday helped build a drainage ditch at a Civil War battlefield park.(WITN)
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 11:27 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 10, 2020 at 4:53 PM EDT
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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - The heat and humidity didn’t slow the crew down much, who spent all day working to improve the drainage on the road leading up to the Civil War battlefield.

The Marines are from the 2d Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion who will be deploying overseas later this year. The platoon’s commander, 1st Lt. Christopher Burkard, says this was a great opportunity for his men to get out and help a local organization.

The park is run by volunteers from the New Bern Historical Society who say a project of this size would have taken them a year if it weren’t for the help of these Marines.

Wright who is a volunteer with the historical society out at the battlefield and who is also a former military member, said today was a great chance to catch up with a younger generation of Marines.

“A couple of us are former military so it’s just like going home for a week visiting with everybody, they are good folks and they do a good job, I mean you say jump and they say how high,” said Wright.

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