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A Marine holds his plate as a Havelock Military Affairs Committee member serves him potato salad as a part of a free meal during the Havelock MAC Pig Pickin at Hancock Marina March 27. More than 200 Marines, Sailors and family members attended the event and enjoyed an Easter Carolina treat. “A Pig Pickin is a local tradition and a lot of these families are not from around here,” said Stephanie Duncan, the executive director of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce. “If nothing else, I hope they leave here with full stomachs and just a bit more relaxed then when they came in.”

Photo by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom

Community shares tradition, hospitality with station Marines

4 Apr 2013 | Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom

More than 200 Marines, Sailors and family members representing Marine Transport Squadron 1, the Provost Marshal’s Office and the Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point enjoyed a taste of Southern hospitality at Hancock Lodge March 27.

The Havelock Military Affairs Committee hosted a pig pickin’ that featured barbecued pulled pork, potato salad, banana pudding and a local favorite, Southern sweet tea. Carolina barbecue, known for its thin, vinegar-based sauce with a touch of spice, provided Marines an authentic down-home experience.

Stephanie Duncan, the executive director of the Havelock Chamber of commerce, said sharing local culture is key to showing the committee’s appreciation for service members stationed here.

“A pig pickin’ is a local tradition, and a lot of these families are not from around here,” said Duncan. “This is the best way we can not only say thank you to the military men and women here today, but also to the families for the sacrifices they make every day.

Sgt. Jamie Quinceno said he enjoyed the food and appreciates knowing he has the support of the community.

“This is great,” said the VMR-1 career planner. “I personally feel that the people of this community truly care about the Marines, Sailors and families aboard this air station. My wife loves coming to these events. It makes her feel like one of the members of the city, not just a tourist.”


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