A new memorial honoring Marines and sailors who were killed in Vietnam is en route to Camp Pendleton, California, where it will join existing memorials to Marines who had lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 50-ton monument is traveling nearly 3,000 miles from Rock of Ages, a granite quarry in Barre, Vermont, to Oceanside, California. It is being transported in sections on three flatbed trucks, each driven by a veteran, according to a press release.

The monument, named the 5th Marines Vietnam Memorial, pays homage to the 2,706 Marines and sailors from the 5th Marine Regiment who were killed in action during the Vietnam War.

Patriot Guard Riders escort three flatbed tractor-trailers transporting the memorial from Rock of Ages, a granite quarry in Barre, Vermont, to Camp Pendleton, California on March 22. (Rock of Ages)
Patriot Guard Riders escort three flatbed tractor-trailers transporting the memorial from Rock of Ages, a granite quarry in Barre, Vermont, to Camp Pendleton, California on March 22. (Rock of Ages)