Camp Lejeune honoring first African Americans admitted into Marine Corps

Published: Aug. 22, 2019 at 5:16 AM EDT
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A military base in the east is remembering the first African-Americans admitted into the Marine Corps.

A ceremony for the Montford Point Marines will be held at Camp Lejeune starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday. The Montford Point Marines were the first African American men to receive basic training at Camp Lejeune between 1942 and 1949.

During World War II, just months after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt issued the order to admit African Americans into the Corps. The Marines were the last branch of the service to include them.

The ceremony will be held in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens and will honor their accomplishments ahead of Montford Point Marine Day on Monday.

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