As Eddy Alonso-Morales and George Hoefer stepped off the bus in uniform, they knew they would not be spending Thanksgiving with their families.
For the sixth year, Port City Java is bringing Marines from Camp Lejune to the Port City for a chance to have a home cooked meal this Thanksgiving.
Marine officials say the first woman to lead an engineer support battalion will take over during a change-of-command ceremony at Camp Lejeune.
While many people are spending Thanksgiving with their family, hundreds of Marines from Camp Lejeune are not.
Thanksgiving is less than six weeks away and Marines for Thanksgiving are still looking for volunteer host families.
Gov. Pat McCrory is ordering all North Carolina state flags to fly at half-staff in honor of the Marines and the Navy officer killed last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee.