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Camp Lejeune hosts WWII remembrance ceremony

By Alison Parker
Published On: Apr 25 2013 06:49:10 PM CDT
JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

Standing aboard Camp Lejeune, Pfc. Charles Porter remembered life as a Marine during World War II.

"This is the second time I've been here," Porter said. "It amazed me the amount of equipment and type of equipment these kids have today."

Porter and about 40 other World War II veterans attended a remembrance ceremony at Camp Lejeune Thursday morning. During the event, WWII vets like Maj. Fred Ballek got a taste of what life is like for modern Marines.

"Seeing all this essential gear that they have-- it's awesome, from what we had," Ballek said.

Even though technology has changed, spirit and camaraderie in the Marine Corps has stayed the same, the veterans said.

General James Lukeman said Thursday's WWII remembrance ceremony was a chance for active-duty Marines to meet their role models.

"The battles that we learn about in history -Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa, Iwo Jima- these guys served in these battles, and they set the foundation for what our Marines stand on today," Lukeman said.

It's a legacy that Ballek hopes will continue.

"We hope that today's generation will keep these United States as vibrant and as young as it was when we were in service," Ballek said.