CAMP ROBINSON, Ark. - A memorial service remembering the ultimate
sacrifice all Arkansas national guardsmen have given, was held
remembering the sacrifices made by all fallen Soldiers at the Camp
Robinson, Ark., May 4, 2014.
Families remember their fallen
Soldier in different ways, but always with fond devotion and good
Col. James Treece, deputy chief of staff for engineering,
Arkansas Army National Guard, take a moment to ponder on the
sacrifices of Arkansas Army National Guard Soldiers prior to the May
4, 2014 memorial service. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Scott D. Turner,
Veronica Collier, El Dorado, Ark., wife of Russell Lee
Collier, Jr. who participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom,
remembers her husband well. “It's amazing, everyone comes
together and remembers the Soldiers that's been lost. You
always wonder if people still think about the sacrifice, and
this proves they do,” she said.
We're very honored to
be here, and really appreciate that everyone is honoring our
family member, Collier said.
Felder-Stuart, Lewisville, Ark., it's becoming harder to
come to ceremonies for her son.
“This is painful,”
Felder-Stuart said, “it opens up the wound, but I just
remember all the good things and good times and good
memories. After all, they chose this life, they chose the
military..., he died doing what he chose to do – protecting
his country,” she said.
“We take a moment to reflect
and memorialize those folks at least every year so we don't
forget their sacrifice they made,” said Col. James Treece,
Deputy Chief of Staff for Engineering, Arkansas Army
“There are at least five names at the
memorial,” mentioned Treece, “and as long as I'm alive, part
of them will live with me. I'll certainly never forget and
today we'll make it so others will never forget as well.”
“This is an opportunity to remember our fallen,” said
Col. John Michael Stewart, commander, 39th Infantry Brigade
Combat Team. “It's something we can never forget. This is an
excellent opportunity to come here and pay our respect to
the families and to the Soldiers who have given the ultimate
sacrifice,” he said.
For many families, it's indeed
hard and for others, time heals and soften painful wounds.
All across the state and indeed the nation, we remember our
Soldier heroes through services such as the memorial
services from the Arkansas Army National Guard at Camp
By U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Scott D. Turner
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