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Posted on: August 26, 2021

Wreath Placed at the Freedom Fountain; Fountain in Mourning Status

Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips issued a statement on the US service members killed in Kabul on August 26, 2021. 

Mayor’s Statement:

 On behalf of the City of Jacksonville and the City Council, we mourn the loss of the military service members including US Marines and a Navy Corpsman killed in Kabul earlier today.   

We pray that there is no further loss from this event which is unfolding now in Kabul, Afghanistan. I have asked that all City flags be flown at half-mast. 

Although we do not yet have the names of those individuals, the City of Jacksonville shares in their loss. We are One City, One Community and One Marine family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones today, and to those still overseas risking their lives as we speak. 


Mayor Sammy Phillips, Fire Chief Tee Tallman and Andrea Davis of the Onslow Civic Affairs Committee placed a wreath at the Freedom Fountain in downtown Jacksonville in honor of their memory. The Freedom Fountain will remain in mourning status, with just the center freedom jet flowing, for 30 days. 

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