Residents reflect on death of Camp Lejeune service members
JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - Sadness, mourning and shock were some of the words used to describe the emotions of many Onslow County residents about the death of six Marines and a Navy sailor stationed in Camp Lejeune.
News of Monday's crash that killed 16 service members in Mississippi stunned the community even more with news of the individuals from Camp Lejeune who died. News of their death was released by the Marine Corps on Tuesday. "I was devastated my dad was a marine and i know what it's like to see that happen so close to home the military they are so important around here," said Barbara Jacobs, a Hubert resident. Officials said they'll release the names of the deceased on Wednesday. Barbara Falcon said she worked at the base for more than 35 years and was saddened when she first heard about the incident. Hearing about the local connecting was just startling. "That really touched me to find out it was really close to home because I probably knew some of them because like I said I worked on the base so long and I've seen so many military come and go," Falcon said. The Freedom Fountain sits minutes from Camp Lejeune. City of Jacksonville officials announced the fountain will have a period of inactivity to mourn those lost. "It's going into seven days of just a single spiral, which is called the mourning phase where we are in mourning of these lost service members," said Donald Herring, chairman of the Onslow Civic Affairs Committee. Gov. Roy Cooper ordered flags to fly at half staff at all U.S. and state facilities from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday.