Training center dedicated to fallen Marine | News
BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Maine Marine who was killed in Afghanistan was honored Sunday.
Lieutenant James Zimmerman was killed in in combat in November of 2010. A new Marine Corps training facility in Brunswick will be named after him.
The Marines held a dedication ceremony Sunday where dignitaries, fellow Marines, and Zimmerman's family spoke of how much his life of service meant to him, and how deserving he is of this high honor.
"We are proud that his name will be associated with a place where men and women will continue to offer hope to a world" the fallen Marine's father, Tom Zimmerman, said.
Major Matthew Dillulo says the men and women who train in the facility will have a constant reminder of the kind of Marine they should strive to be.
"The marines who train at the James R. Zimmerman Marine Corp Reserve Training center will know that they do so under the banner of a marine of great character and unswerving courage, a marine who did the right things because they were the right things to do."
The training center just recently opened after several years of planning and construction. The Marines said it took nearly two years to get approval from the federal government to name the facility after Zimmerman.