Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 18, 2014

Event planned to celebrate life of fallen Marine hero

PRINCETON — It was 10 years ago when Mercer County native Lance Cpl. Juston Thacker, 21, of the U.S. Marine Corps, was killed in action while fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom in Bari Khout, Afghanistan.

This Saturday, family and friends of the local war hero will gather with members of the community at the Those Who Served War Museum in Princeton to remember and celebrate the life of Lance Cpl. Juston Thacker. The event will be open to the public at 12 p.m., Juston’s mother Sharon Bowling said Tuesday.

Members of the community are encouraged to participate in Saturday’s ceremony.

“It is open to everyone — friends and the community,” Bowling said. “It’s nothing big or fancy. It will just be a gathering of friends to remember him. Ten of his Marine Corps buddies also are coming in.”

Bowling said it is hard to believe that 10 years have passed since her son was killed in action as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The U.S. Route 460 bridge in Princeton, near the Interstate 77 interchange, is named in honor of Juston Thacker.

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