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Jacksonville honors Montford Point Marines

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 8:18 PM EDT
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Nasty weather in Eastern Carolina canceled the Veterans Day Parade in Jacksonville this weekend.

Despite that, the City of Jacksonville and Marines at Camp Lejeune and Camp Johnson are paying tribute to veterans in other ways.

Being selected as the grand marshal for this year’s Veterans Day Parade brought of emotion out of Museum of the Marine’s Lisa Potts.

“To be nominated is an honor, but to be selected is humbling.”

Lisa Potts, Museum of the Marine

Potts may be retired, but her service never stops.

“There’s a gentleman from West Virginia who had drove down here with his son and his grandson and he was a tanker from the Korean War and he wanted to tell his children what he had done,” said Potts.

Potts spoke about the artifacts that are waiting to be placed in the Museum of the Marine.

Holding up a sketch of a Marine, Potts said, “We find that this one is a Sergeant Major Russell O. Baker. And he was an original Montford Point Marine.”

Montford Point Marines were the first African American recruits in the Marine Corps.

Original Montford Point Marines and the Montford Point Marines Association cut the ribbon to signify the museum is back open after suffering damages in past hurricanes.

So even though the parade may have to wait, the work to preserve the legacy of those who served forges on.

Potts says the preservation of Marine’s artifacts holds a special place in her heart.

The City of Jacksonville says it still plans to have the Lejeune Memorial Garden tours and the Veterans Walk of Honor.

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