Veterans honored at National Iwo Jima Memorial in New Britain for 246th birthday of Marine Corps

Hartford

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Wednesday the U.S. Marine Corps turned 246-years-old. In New Britain, a group of American veterans got together to recognize the milestone.

RELATED: U.S. Marine Corps celebrates 246th birthday

A ceremony was held at the National Iwo Jima Memorial. The vets held a service to honor the corps and had cake.

Stew Lahey, of Bridgeport, served in World War II. His job was to fill in mortar holes in runways so American planes could take off and land. He enlisted at 17-years-old and says he’d do it all over again.

“The kids today don’t realize the freedoms they’ve got because of what happened,” Lahey explained. “I was one of many in this country who served so that they have freedom. And God bless America.

The Marine Corps was formed in 1775 by the Second Continental Congress and played a role in the American Revolution.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Hartford

Hartford HealthCare leaders optimistic about new COVID-treating pills as hospitalizations surge

News /

Hartford HealthCare officials given an update on the omicron variant and its impact in CT

News /

Comptroller Kevin Lembo announces resignation from his position at the end of the year

News /

Infrastructure bill mandates anti-drunk driving technology in new vehicles

News /

Hart-lift program helping activate empty store fronts in downtown Hartford

News /

Pawliday Lights event back at Lake Compounce this weekend

News /
More Hartford

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss