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U.S. Marines with 2nd Intelligence Battalion pose for a photo with British soldiers following a Remembrance Day Parade in Berwick-upon-Tweed, U.K., Nov. 8, 2015. The Marines gathered with various British armed services to commemorate the holiday, which honors service members who sacrificed their lives in war. The forces concluded Exercise Phoenix Odyssey with British soldiers Nov. 6, which was designed to enhance joint intelligence operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lucas Hopkins/Released)

Photo by Cpl. Lucas Hopkins

U.S. Marines join British forces for Remembrance Day Parade

10 Nov 2015 | Cpl. Lucas Hopkins II Marine Expeditionary Force

Since the conclusion of World War I, the United Kingdom has come together to celebrate Remembrance Day, an event honoring service members who’ve paid the highest price to protect their country.



Approximately 25 U.S. Marines with 2nd Intelligence Battalion participated in a Remembrance Day memorial ceremony and parade with various armed services across the U.K. Nov. 8, 2015. The event was an opportunity to commemorate the fallen in wars where both nations fought alongside one another.



“It’s important having the Marines with us, because it signifies the blood we’ve shed together” said a British Army regimental sergeant major. “It’s important not only to train with our allies, but to share remembrance with them also.”



The ceremony began at a church, before the servicemen and women marched to the city’s War Memorial. Members of different units and associations laid Poppy Wreaths upon the Memorial, symbolizing the bloodshed from previous wars.



“I’ve offered to serve in the military to sacrifice my life if necessary to protect our country, what we believe in and what we stand for,” said Marine Lance Cpl. Samantha Copeland, an intelligence analyst with 2nd Intelligence Battalion. “So to commemorate those who have done that, it’s an honor for me.”



More than 60 Marines partnered with British soldiers for Exercise Phoenix Odyssey II in Edinburgh, U.K., Oct. 26-Nov. 6, where the forces collaborated to improve on joint intelligence operations and build basic military skillsets forged on Camp Lejeune, N.C. in 2014. Though the exercise was only training, the service members understand there could come a time where the two nations conduct real-world operations focused on destroying a hostile enemy.



“It’s important to remember those who have gone before us because we wouldn’t be where we are today if not for them,” said Copeland. “They serve as a good example for when it comes time where we may need to put our lives on the line, or to exhibit that courage. We can remember that they’ve done it.”