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Hometown Live: Marines Train In The Lowcountry

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The Lowcountry is famous for many things including fostering our nation's armed forces. Since 1915 the Lowcountry has been churning out some of America's heroes. More than a million marines have trained at the Marine Corp Recruit Depot on Parris Island.

After three months of hard work recruits graduates as marines with their families there to support them. 

"She said she wanted to be part of the best and that we often said there's the coast guard, the navy, the army, and she said no, I want to be the best, so she chose to go to the marine corps," said an Uncle of a new marine, Doug Brown.

After the ceremony families ran to embrace their new marine.

"The minute they said dismissed everybody just kind of ran. I got caught in the crowd. It was a little hectic, but it was exciting to finally be able to see everybody," said Private Timothy Parker.

Private Timothy Parker said the training base on Parris Island is really unique.  The only other Marine Corps Recruit Depot is in San Diego but that one only accepts men. 

"You get to talk to everybody from everywhere. We've had people from Jamaica, Raleigh, not too far, very far. It's been a good experience to get close to other people you don't know," said Private Parker.

While the graduation ceremony marks the beginning of their new life, Christi Starjack, who's married to a marine based here, said these new graduates will always remember this place.

"We've been all over the world, and Beaufort County is amazing.. I've never seen a place support the Marine Corps, and what the Marine Corps stands for, and what they do on a daily basis, and the sacrifices they make like Beaufort County," said Starjack.

The marine graduation ceremonies on Parris Island are open to the public and are usually held every Friday.

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