Marines Finish 1,000 mile Hike for injured Marines


North Carolina – A group of U.S. Marines from North Carolina went above and beyond in what they are calling “an experience that we all will forever remember. A time when we all came together to help our fellow Marines.”

Fortunate Sons, a group of 18 active-duty Marines that tag-teamed to complete their 1,000-mile North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail” (MST) hike on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011. The Marines were bound by a commitment to raising awareness and support for injured Marines and the Semper Fi Fund as they made their trek from the mountains to the sea.

Despite the physical challenge of hiking many miles, a demanding trail and bad weather the group finished their mission in 42-days. Their journey began October 2nd at Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smokey Mountains and ended with family, friends and supporters at Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks.

“The hike has been an amazing experience for all of us. We have been given the opportunity to meet a lot of generous and kind people along the trail. The support from communities along the way was amazing and it never ceases to amaze us all of the support North Carolinians have for the Marines.” said event organizer Marine Mark Greenlief.

As a way to give back to their fellow Marines, Sailors and their families, all funds raised in support of the event will be given to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund.

Supporters can still donate through the Semper Fi Fund web site, Select “Fortunate Sons” as the event name on the donation form.

Interviews can be arranged with Fortunate Sons participants by contacting Mark Greenlief at (847) 668-2339.

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