As All American Week begins to wind down at Fort Bragg, paratroopers and their families paid tribute Wednesday to those lost in combat.
Four names were added to the 82nd Airborne Division’s Global War on Terror Memorial.
Sgt. Roshain Brooks and Spc. Allen Stigler died in Iraq on Aug. 13.
Spc. Christopher Harris and Sgt. Jonathon Hunter were killed by a suicide attack in Afghanistan on Aug. 2.
Chris Harris’ widow, Brittney, and their daughter were in attendance Wednesday at the the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum.
Chris Harris was killed before Christian Michelle Harris was born.
“It shouldn’t be other people lining up to hold her, it should be him doing it. It hurts but I’m glad that he’s being honored,” said Brittney Harris.
Chris Harris’ name is now carved in stone at the memorial.
“When I’m feeding her, I look down and I get so teary eyed because I’ve looked into those eyes a thousand times, I’ve seen that before, it’s like Chris is looking at me all over again,” said Brittney Harris.
A living memory, just like another little girl named after the uncle she will never meet.
“It’s been six years and yet it feels like yesterday, and it’s a hard time this time,” said Marian Olivas, mother of fallen soldier Nicholas Olivas.
Each of the families laid down yellow roses to remember their soldier in a memorial that keeps growing.
“We started with just the obelisk, then we ran out of room and had to build the wall, behind the obelisk, there was a time when we were putting a lot of names on there every year particularly the surge period,” said Lt. Col. Joe Baccino.
Military officials say the four names added today are now a part of more than 5,000 paratroopers killed at war.
But to their families, they still live on through the children and the memories they left behind.
The memorial is an annual event to honor the fallen soldiers and there is another event to honor the survivors – the Hall of Fame.
Twenty-one soldiers were inducted Wednesday with plans to add five more names every year.
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