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USMC to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of Battle of Wake Island

PRESS RELEASEĀ  United States Marine Corps

Date: November 18, 2016

Contact: The Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication

Telephone: 703-614-1034

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS TO COMMEMORATE THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF WAKE ISLAND, ITS VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES AT A CEREMONY AT VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK IN BOISE, IDAHO

BOISE, ID- The United States Marine Corps will honor Veterans of the Battle of Wake Island along with their families December 7, 2016 at 10am at Veterans Memorial Park. The park is located at 930 North Veterans Memorial Parkway in Boise.

The United States Marine Corps will honor Veterans with a presentation of colors, wreath laying and TAPS at the memorial in conjunction with Boy Scout Troop #123 who was responsible for the creation of the memorial in 2011. Then Boy Scout Noah Barnes, working on his Eagle Scout project, spearheaded this initiative in memory of his great grandfather who was a POW at Wake Island.

The Battle of Wake Island began almost immediately after Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese. Marines and contractors from the Morrison-Knudsen company were able to hold the island for two weeks before surrendering. Many Americans not only lost their lives in defense of the island, but also became prisoners of war. This memorial is the only memorial in the continental United States that commemorates the Battle of Wake Island.

For more detailed information about this event, please contact SSgt Stewart with the Office of Marine Corps Communications, Community Relations section at 804-240-9813.

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