Saturday, February 23, 2013

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Today marks exactly one year that our unit lost two Soldiers in combat. It's been a whirlwind of a year since then. There have been numerous memorials, but yesterday was the first time that the unit and family members were able to come together and remember as a whole.

Fort Stewart has a remarkable way of showing tribute to it's Soldiers lost in combat. A living memorial known as Warriors Walk, surrounds the parade field where homecoming ceremonies are held. An Eastern Redbud tree has been planted along the walkway for each Fort Stewart Soldier killed in action during OIF and OEF.

Yesterday Soldiers and family members gathered at the trees to exchange memories and hugs. There were moments of silence and plenty of prayer. It almost felt like true closure, finally. I hugged one of the widows and a set of parents for probably the last time, since we'll be PCSing before any major events. I do hope to come back some day though, whether it be for an anniversary or the wreath laying ceremony at Christmas.

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