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    Posted May 26, 2012 by
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    Firefighters Salute Marines on 100 Mile Trek


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     jbjimbo captured this video on May 26 as Marines from the third Battalion of the twenty-fifth Marines Regiment was halfway through their 100-mile trek. He says there was something that one of the marines said that he found to be memorable and also interesting. 'He kept thanking me for being there, but I thought that was backwards, we should be thanking them,' he says. He describes the marines as being happy and humble. The marines where greeted by a road lined with firefighters. 'It felt very patriotic,' he says. 'Some firefighters were waving and others were saluting. The second assistant chief of the fire department said he got a bit teary eyed when I interviewed him,' he says.
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    A group of 25 Marines are winding their way to the World Trade Center in a 100 mile trek across Long Island.

    "We do it every year on Memorial Day to interrupt the holiday," says Nick Boyko, of Pittsburgh, who served  in Iraq in 2005, as he marches down Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown. "We want to make it known we're getting in people's way to make [the holiday] more memorable for everybody."

    The 3rd Battalion of the 25th Marines Regiment is running 100 miles from Orient Point to the World Trade Center to raise funds for the Hope for the Warriors organization. As of 4 p.m. Saturday, the run raised nearly $30,000 to support wounded U.S. service members, their families, and families of the fallen.

    "These guys are giving up their time on Memorial Day weekend to remember guys from their company that they lost overseas," says Jimmy Keane, Assistant Chief of the Nesconset Fire Department, which helped hang to larger than life American flags over the roadway for the Marines to walk under. "The least we can do is give up some hot dogs and sodas and let them know that everybody still cares."

    The group is expected to reach the memorial site in lower Manhattan Sunday morning.

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