The Marine Raider Memorial March will be trekking non-stop through the Grand Strand and into North Carolina Friday. The march is in memory of seven Marines and four Army National Guardsmen crew members of an Army Blackhawk helicopter.
The 11 died when the helicopter crashed on a training mission in Santa Rosa Sound of Navarre, Fla., on March 10, 2015. There are 14 Marine Raiders and Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Navy corpsmen through four states marching about 770 miles from Navarre, Fla., to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.
They began marching March 10 with 45-pound packs, a Marine Raider flag and a paddle that was recovered from the wreckage of the helicopter crash. Money raised in the march will be given to the Brothers In Arms Foundation, which benefits the families of the seven Marines who died in the crash.