‘Warriors’ pay tribute during Memorial Day

| June 10, 2011 | 0 Comments
Col. Malcolm Frost (right), commander, 2nd BCT, 25th ID, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Hain, senior enlisted leader, 2nd BCT, salute the monument of fallen Soldiers during a Memorial Day tribute, May 30, at COB Warhorse, Iraq.

Col. Malcolm Frost (right), commander, 2nd BCT, 25th ID, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Hain, senior enlisted leader, 2nd BCT, salute the monument of fallen Soldiers during a Memorial Day tribute, May 30, at COB Warhorse, Iraq.

Story and Photo by
Staff Sgt. Ricardo Branch
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq — Sgt. Robert Marrero remembers 12 friends when he sees the memorial listing of all who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, here.

“I’ve been here four times, and it’s not easy to reflect upon the friends and Soldiers I knew who died out here,” he said, reading the names on the monument. “I think about them every day I serve, and it’s why I still wear this uniform and keep coming back here.”

Marrero, Orderly Room noncommissioned officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, joined the ranks of many Soldiers who paid tribute to fallen service members during a Memorial Day ceremony, here, May 30.

Several hundred “Warrior Brigade” Soldiers gathered around the sacred Memorial Gardens monument to reflect upon the sacrifices of men and women in uniform.

Col. Malcolm Frost, commander, 2nd BCT, said the day was to honor those who take the road less traveled — service members. Soldiers are the greatest team on earth, he said, serving the noblest of causes, freedom and justice, and fighting tyranny, terrorism and those who tear away at American values. He added, Soldiers share a camaraderie, esprit de corps and sense of being a part of something greater than themselves.

Frost went on to reflect on the sacrifices of families who have supported those who serve throughout the nation’s history during times of conflict.

“They keep our Army families strong, keep the fires burning, worry and pray for us daily, and do the best they can to keep a sense of normalcy while we are away,” he said.

During the service, Soldiers honored the fallen with tributary volleys and laid special wreaths at the base of the monument, to honor all the fallen men and women of the armed forces serving in Iraq.

“Out here, you honor the fallen Soldiers, daily,” Marrero said. “Each time we put on the uniform, we do our part to complete the mission for them. … It’s in the back of your mind, (but) you have to focus and look beyond what has happened to find meaning in someone’s sacrifice.”

The brigade has endured its share of sacrifices, with five names placed upon the memorial, including 1st Lt. Michael Runyan, Sgt. Jamal Rhett, Staff Sgt. Phillip Jenkins, Pfc. James McClamrock and Sgt. David Luff.

Each has joined the ranks of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom for their country.

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