One decade ago this month Lima 3/25 was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. This weekend we were there with the Lima Company Memorial staff to help honor the 23 fallen Marines and their families at the Rickenbacker Navy and Marine Reserve Center in Columbus, Ohio.
History of the Lima Company 3/25
The Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines (Three Deuce Five or 3/25) is a Marine infantry reserve unit based in Columbus, OH. It, along with two other infantry companies, a weapons company and a headquarters element coprise the 3rd Battalion 25 Marine Regiment. The Battalion’s individual units spanning from Ohio to Pennsylvania and New York are activated together and mobilize to carry out assigned missions.
Hundreds gathered to honor the Lima Company 3/25 in Columbus, Ohio on August 15. The Lima Company hauler and buses filled with service members and families was escorted into Rickenbacker Navy and Marine Reserve Center by police, fire, dozens of motorcycles and a helicopter. Hundreds lined the escort path to salute as they entered the base. Once inside the Reserve Center, the attendees of the ceremony were welcomed by Orrin Bowman of the USMC (RET). The ceremony also included the March on Colors, National Anthem, Roll Call, Fire Detail/Rifle Salute and words from guest speaker LtGen Dennis McCarthy of the USMC (RET). A wreath laying and posting of colors concluded the memorial ceremony.
We encourage you to follow the Lima Company Memorial online or on Facebook and to support their cause. Founded in 2009, the traveling memorial entitled “The Eyes of Freedom” honors the members of Lima Company 3/25 with eight life-sized portraits of the 23 fallen Marines from the unit. The memorial travels to events throughout the United States as a tribute to their sacrifice.
View some of the pictures from the memorial ceremony below.