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Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers, friends and family of the “Bronco Brigade’s” fallen heroes gathered at F Quad, here, to honor those they lost during a ceremony to unveil the brigade’s recently erected memorial, May 10.
Names of those lost in the brigade’s previous deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom were engraved on the dark granite of the memorial. Each name on the memorial was called during the ceremony as a Soldier or family member came forward to place a single white carnation at the base to honor their sacrifice.
“Today we honor the lives of our fallen heroes and ensure their legacy lives on into the future, their names permanently etched into this granite,” said Col. Richard Kim, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. “Though my heart is heavy with sadness looking at these 71 names, I cannot help but be infused with gratitude for their valor and selfless service, and for the lasting impact they made on those around them.”
Although the ceremony was emotional, families of the fallen who attended appreciated the sentiment provided by the brigade.
“I will never forget today and what it meant to me,” said Raul Nuncio, father of Spc. Levi Nuncio, who was lost June 22, 2011, while serving in the brigade’s recent deployment to Afghanistan.
Although the pain of loss is hard, those lost live on in the legacy they leave behind.
“Part of being a Soldier is accepting the risk that one might have to give his or her life,” Kim said. “Like our comrades in ages past, we honor our fallen as warriors for their courage, patriotism and dedication to the cause of peace and security for the greater of all citizens.”