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A cross to bear: Camp Pendleton Marines honor fallen comrades

To honor the memory of four Marine comrades killed in Iraq and to show respect for all military personnel sent to foreign lands, a small but determined group trudged up a steep hill at Camp Pendleton on Friday morning as the nation observed Veterans Day.

At precisely the hour and day of the year World War I officially ended 93 years ago, giving rise to Armistice Day — the forerunner to Veterans Day — the group erected a 13-foot cross. The cross replaced one put on the hill in 2003 by the Marines before they were deployed to Iraq. It was destroyed by a brush fire.

Retired naval officer Scott Radetski was one those carrying the cross. Radetski made sure the cross was carried rather than brought by a vehicle. The trip took two hours. Carrying the cross, he said, makes the symbolism to Marines at Camp Pendleton more profound: The fallen are never forgotten; the mission never falters.

“We wanted it to be very moto,” said Radetski, using Marine slang for “motivational.”

Read the full blog post by Rick Loomis and Tony Perry: Marines erect cross on Veterans Day to honor fallen comrades

Photo Gallery: Marines’ cross honors fallen comrades


  1. November 14, 2011, 9:01 pm

    This is genuine friendship! Very touching!

    By: schaids
  2. November 18, 2011, 1:39 pm

    […] Los Angeles Times documented the former Marines as they carried the 13-foot cross up a steep hill – a Veterans Day journey […]

  3. November 18, 2011, 3:49 pm

    […] The Los Angeles Times documented the former Marines as they carried the 13-foot cross up a steep hill – a Veterans Day journey that took two hours. They were accompanied by the widows and children of the fallen Marines. You can read the LA Times blog by clicking here. […]

  4. December 11, 2011, 2:06 am

    We are looking at America's best, but in some way, the Marines would not be the Marines if it wasn't risky.
    Part of the bond, part of achieving that mantel, in making them who they are, is putting it all on the line for their brothers and the corps. It's not about Iraq nor Afghanistan, it's about the Marines.

    By: Frank

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