Hundreds rallied in San Clemente, California on September 5 to honor the 13 American service members killed in a terrorist attack at an airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The August 26 ISIS suicide bombing killed more than 150 Afghan civilians and injured at least 18 other soldiers.
Nine Marines and a Navy hospitalman were deployed from Camp Pendleton, a major West Coast Marine base just 30 minutes south of San Clemente.
Crowds gathered at the intersection of Avenida del Mar and El Camino and marched through the streets toward the city’s maritime monument in Parque Semper Fai.
People gathered around the park’s Marine Memorial, where Jim Glynn, a retired Marine pastor at Camp Pendleton, addressed the crowd.
According to the San Clemente Times, Glynn said, “It would be wrong to focus only on the lives lost in August.” “Since September 11, 2001, 2,448 soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan.”
Glynn said, “This number makes what we are doing here today even more important because by standing here and together we are reaffirming our love, gratitude and support for all the veterans who have helped the United States.” Served our country in the army.”
“If you are a veteran, we want you to know that now more than ever we stand with you and with you today and in the days to come,” he continued. “We want you to know that you are not alone and we believe in the sacrifice you make on behalf of your fellow Americans.”
As the Orange County Register reports, “we’ve always loved our Marines,” said Tamara Fields-Sehun, one of the many women who planned Sunday’s march.
“We saw other cities hold vigils and memorials for Marines as an expression of respect. We felt the same way and wanted to do something in San Clemente.”
According to the Orange County Register, after Fields-Sehun posted the idea of holding a rally for the Marines on Facebook, three of her friends from San Clemente High School—Laura Glynn, Julie Regenovich and Cindy Martin—helped with the rally. .
According to the San Clemente Times, Regenovich, owner of Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta in San Clemente, said he thinks the community needs to come together to honor those who lost their lives in the attack.
“San Clemente is a military city. As a community, we need to rise up and support all of our [servicemembers] And especially the fallen 13 who won’t come back,” Raganovich said, told the San Clemente Times. “Looking at the number of people who come out for it … brings tears to my eyes.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times