Memorial at Camp Lejeune honors Marines killed in Nevada mortar blast

Statewide flags ordered to be lowered

POSTED: 4:45 PM Apr 20 2013   UPDATED: 7:18 PM Apr 23 2013
JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

In a memorial at Camp Lejeune Tuesday morning, family paid their final respects to the seven Marines killed in a training explosion in Nevada last month.

Gov. Pat McCrory and the 2nd Marine Division also attended the closed ceremony, which began at about 10 a.m.

The seven Camp Lejeune Marines were killed when a 60 mm mortar tube exploded on March 18, during a field exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. All the victims who died were younger than 26 years old. The blast also wounded seven other Marines and a sailor, military officials said.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

Governor McCrory had ordered all state flags to be lowered on Tuesday, in remembrance of the victims.

The order reverses an earlier decision by his office to not lower the flags. A statement from McCrory's office released following the deaths said there was no "precedent for lowering flags for tragic military accidents."