Storied 2nd Marine Division Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Onslow County is rich in military history and tradition and the 2nd Marine Division plays an integral role in our county and across the globe. On February 6th, in honor of this storied command and the Marines and Sailors who’ve served in it, there will be a 5,000-member parade and community celebration through downtown Jacksonville.
Bring the family and come out for this historic occasion, in what is believed to be largest ever military march in Jacksonville. In addition, we will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Jacksonville USO, the oldest continually operating USO in the world!
The day’s festivities will begin with the parade, starting at the Freedom Fountain at 10am and proceeding along New Bridge Street to Railroad Street. Parade viewers are encouraged to bring congratulatory signs showing gratitude and support for the many accomplishments of the 2nd Marine Division. In addition, parade participants will be welcomed at the Riverwalk Crossing Park, where the public is invited to participate in a community celebration until 3pm.
The celebration doesn’t end there! After you’ve celebrated 2nd Marine Division, the community is encouraged to enjoy local eats from food trucks and various vendors. Following a day of fun, the renowned 2nd Marine Division Band will thank the community for their support with a FREE concert at Northside High School, beginning at 6pm.
Don’t forget to stop by the Jacksonville USO, the longest, continually operating USO in the world, on Saturday, February 6th from Noon-3pm. Learn about the remarkable ways the USO and its local volunteers have helped those those who have served and continue to serve our country and be sure to wish them a Happy 75th Birthday on April 23rd, 2016.
Let’s show the social media world our pride in the 2nd Marine Division and how honored we are to have these brave men and women stationed at our own Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base by sharing your photos from this momentous occasion using hashtags #2ndMD75 and #Followmeto75. Also, help us showcase this unique Onslow County event by tagging Onslow County in your photos and also using hashtag #OnlyInOnslow.
To learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime event, including parade route details, road closures and more, click here. We look forward to seeing everyone out there as we honor those who have left, and will continue to leave, an incredible mark on Onslow County and American history.