Hawthorne Residents React to Deadly Depot Explosion
No civilians were injured, but this town of 3,500 is heartbroken. Many residents have military connections, and while they may not have known the victims, the loss of life doesn't hurt any less.
"You just don't like it when something like this happens, accidents happen and we know that, you feel bad for the survivors and the people related to the victims. But you hope they understand. They're still doing it for us, they're doing it for America."
Rocky McKellip is a retired Marine. He served in Vietnam and he's fired similar mortars. He says his heart aches for the families, because while fight on the ground and overseas, he's says losing a loved one to a training mission isn't supposed to happen.
Others in town spent the day reflecting and paying tribute to the Marines by raising the American flag to half staff, while business owners displayed a symbol of pride for the Marines as well.
And the community center shows support for military with messages lit up along the main road.
Everyone we spoke with has a loved one who has served, like Mikhaelia Adams who is a waitress at a local restaurant. She recalls the emotion she had when her brother was away from home and can't imagine what the victims' families must be feeling. "I feel really bad and I wish there was more we could do for these families because to lose someone so dramatically is heartwrenching," says Mikhaelia Adams.
Again this town embraces our military, no matter how long they're here to train.
The biggest day of the year for them is Armed Forces Day in May.
A memorial service for the Marines will be tonight at 6pm at Veterans Memorial Park.
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:16 AM EDT2013-05-25 06:16:04 GMT
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