‘TF Bronco’ honors fallen heroes with remembrance run

| February 17, 2012 | 0 Comments
During the memorial ceremony for fallen “Broncos,” Soldiers with 3rd BCT, “TF Bronco,” 25th ID, execute a 21-gun salute, Jan. 28.

During the memorial ceremony for fallen “Broncos,” Soldiers with 3rd BCT, “TF Bronco,” 25th ID, execute a 21-gun salute, Jan. 28. (Courtesy of 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
Rear Command-East Public Affairs

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — “Task Force Bronco” Soldiers gathered to honor their fallen heroes during a special memorial ceremony and remembrance run at Forward Operating Base Fenty, here, recently.

The memorial ceremony began at sunrise and was attended by nearly 300 Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and civilians who came to pay homage to fallen 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Soldiers.

Dog tags from 3rd BCT, TF Broncos, 25th ID’s, fallen heroes hang from a pair of combat boots during a sunrise memorial held to honor those lost during the brigade’s deployment.

Dog tags from 3rd BCT, TF Broncos, 25th ID’s, fallen heroes hang from a pair of combat boots during a sunrise memorial held to honor those lost during the brigade’s deployment. (Courtesy of 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

“This morning was such a humbling experience,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Spano, senior enlisted leader, 3rd BCT. “I never imagined how many people would come out to support (the cause.)

“As the commander and I positioned ourselves at the memorial flag pole at Forward Operating Base Fenty, the sun began to rise over the eastern mountains of Nangarhar province,” Spano said.

“It was the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen,” Spano added. “Then I noticed the nearly 300 (servicemen and servicewomen) who had come to support our cause. My heart felt so warm on that chilly morning, humbled really, that so many wanted to show their support for our endeavor.”

Many Soldiers purchased a special remembrance run T-shirt to wear during the event. Proceeds from the purchases went toward a TF Bronco memorial monument that will be built on Schofield Barracks to honor those Bronco troops who made the ultimate sacrifice.

So far, $12,000 has been raised for the TF Bronco Memorial Association. A check was officially presented to the TF Bronco command team by Soldiers of the brigade during the ceremony.

The memorial also featured a moment of silence, taps, a 21-gun salute and a song, written and performed on guitar, by Staff Sgt. Tommy Byrge, 325th Bde. Support Battalion, 3rd BCT.

The ceremony culminated with a three-and-a-half mile run.

Special Soldier identification tags printed with the name and unit of a fallen Bronco were available so Soldiers could hold the tag and silently remember that fallen Soldier.

“I randomly selected the tag of Staff Sgt. Kristofferson Lorenzo,” Spano said. “During the ceremony, as each name of the fallen from this deployment was read, I held the tag in my hand and ran my thumb over the raised portion that spelled out his name.

“I felt a closeness with Lorenzo at that moment. I felt a closeness to all of our Soldiers that have fallen during this war, and I know, in my heart, I will never forget any of them.”

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