Marines for Thanksgiving not happening this year due to COVID-19

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Jenkins Family and Eddy Alfonso-Morales and George Hoefer (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington tradition during Thanksgiving is not happening this year due to COVID-19.

Port City Java CEO Steve Schnitzler started the Marines for Thanksgiving tradition almost a decade ago. 

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Families in the Cape Fear volunteer to host a Marine or two on Thanksgiving day for a meal and other family traditions. 

Schnitzler said this year the Marine Corps will not be sending Marines to the Cape Fear for Thanksgiving due to COVID-19.

Schnitzler said everyone understands why they cannot host the event this year, but he says they are excited to do again next year.