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Somber memorial for Marines, sailors killed in Afghanistan


A somber ceremony Friday at Camp Lejeune, N.C., honored the 90 Marines and sailors killed in the last 12 months in Afghanistan, including those from Southern California's Camp Pendleton and Twentynine Palms.

"These Marines [and sailors] did not die in vain," Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson said. "They died for something greater than themselves. They died for something that generations will remember."

Nearly 900 Marines and sailors were wounded in the same time period as U.S. troops battled Taliban fighters for control of Helmand Province.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: The inverted rifle display at Friday's ceremony. Credit: WRAL-TV

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