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Marine meet and greet event at Patriots Point

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV/AP) - A meet and greet event for Marines who fought in three wars was held Wednesday at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant.

The museum announced that Wednesday's event is being held in conjunction with the 1st Marine Division Association aboard the USS Yorktown. The event is for Marines who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The Yorktown was filled with more than a hundred Marines. They visited with each other but some also got a chance to mingle with the public.

It was a chance for Reed Elkin to learn first-hand about WWII, Korean War and the Vietnam War.

“You get to meet the people and hear their stories and what it was like for them because it is one thing to watch it on TV and then it's another thing to actually hear people in person,” said Elkin, an upcoming eighth grader who attended the event. “It's so cool because it's kind of a rare opportunity to meet people who were actually in the wars.”

But it was also a chance for Reed, who wants to be a pilot in the military when he grows up, to get some advice, too.

Myron Harrington spent 30 years in the Marines and is always happy to share words of wisdom with the younger generations.

“It's very humbling when you get these youngsters that want to speak to you because I can remember when I was his age what awe I had for the military. It's a humbling experience but it's also good to share with them and to motivate them,” said Harrington, a Vietnam veteran.

Harrington believes it's also important that everyone understands the sacrifices made by those in the military.

“The historic battles and the effort that these men and now young women put out to preserve our freedoms and protect our liberties is unbelievable,” said Harrington.

And yet this humble veteran did his part too serving in the Vietnam War.

It was free for members of the Marine Corps League and the Lowcountry Leathernecks Association. For museum visitors, the event was included in the regular museum admission price.

As part of the 67th reunion, there will be a memorial service Friday morning at St. Phillips to honor the deceased during the wars and those that have passed away since the last reunion.

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