When any of our Marines return home or
depart through the Tucson International Airport, whether they
are returning to their duty stations or preparing to be
deployed, we are there with flags and signs showing our
appreciation. We want them to remember the positive support they
have at home.
On April 8, 2000, 19 Marines were killed
at the Marana Airport while landing their Osprey helicopter.
Each year a memorial service is held there on the Saturday
closest to April 8 so these brave men will be forever
remembered. This is the only memorial site that honors all
19 Marines. The site at Camp Pendleton honors the 14
Marines that were stationed there and the site at Camp Lejeune
honors their 5 Marines.
This is a very memorable event with lots
of American flags and Marine flags flying, Color Guard, Honor
Guard, prayers, speakers, reading of the rank and name of each
of the 19 Marines and the releasing of 19 white doves.
TAMMS has been involved by escorting some
of the families from their hotels to the memorial, reading the
names of the fallen, presenting flowers to each Osprey Mother in
attendance, and generally being supportive to the families.