Memorial Honoring Marines Killed in Kabul to be Unveiled Today


Last updated 1/22/2022 at 9:10am

A compilation of the U.S. Servicemembers who died in Kabul

NORCO - A memorial honoring the 11 United States Marines and two other service members killed in the terrorist bombing at Kabul Airport in

Afghanistan last August is slated to be unveiled during a ceremony today in Norco.

The ``Memorial for the Fallen 13'' will be on display permanently along the perimeter of the Norco Country Center at 960 Sixth St. The official unveiling is set for 1 p.m. and will be attended by several Marines who served alongside the fallen, as well as city officials and numerous area residents,

according to organizers.

``To bring this iconic monument to life took a lot of volunteers and many hours to bring it where it is today, with the help of donated materials,

private funding and the shopping center owner, Liberio Realty,'' according to a statement posted to social media.

The memorial features a flower garden, in-laid stones with inscriptions bearing the 13 service members' names, photographs, American flags and a sign reading, ``Remembering Our Heroes.'' There is a separate plaque paying homage to Marine Lance Cpl. Kareem Grant Nikoui, 20, who was from Norco. It reads, ``Our Home Town Hero.''

Nikoui was one of two Riverside County men who perished in the suicide bombing. The other resident was 22-year-old Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez of Indio.

The two Leathernecks and their 11 fellow Marines, as well as a U.S. Navy corpsman and Army soldier, were among the contingent providing security

during the chaotic withdrawal of military personnel and civilians from Afghanistan, culminating in the Taliban retaking it.

A compilation of the U.S. Servicemembers who died in Kabul

A suicide bomber detonated himself along the airport perimeter on Aug. 26. In addition to killing the 13 service members, nearly 100 Afghanis were

slain or wounded, according to officials.

Nikoui graduated from Norco High School, where he was involved in the J-ROTC program. In addition to the new memorial, his name has been inscribed on the ``Lest We Forget Wall'' at the Ingalls Event Center's Veterans Memorial.

More information on the Memorial for the Fallen 13 is available at, as well as

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