Bronze memorial honors 25th ID fallen from past conflicts

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
The 25th ID Memorial consists of four life-size bronze-cast Soldiers honoring the sacrifices fallen Soldiers have made serving in conflicts from World War II through the present day. (Photo courtesy 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

The 25th ID Memorial consists of four life-size bronze-cast Soldiers honoring the sacrifices fallen Soldiers have made serving in conflicts from World War II through the present day. (Photo courtesy 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

25th Infantry Division Public Affairs
News Release

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Four Soldiers cast in bronze and dressed in combat period uniforms stand in memoriam of their fallen comrades from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.

As these Tropic Lightning Soldiers forever gaze at the boots, rifle, helmet and dog tags of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, 3,000 engraved bricks line the courtyard behind them as a tribute to all Soldiers who have served with the 25th Infantry Division.

“The 25th ID Memorial represents a contemporary Soldier contemplating the sacrifice and loss of a fellow Soldier, and three generations of Tropic Lightning Warriors who share the experience of service, sacrifice and loss through their own service in the 25th Division,” said Butch Sincock, executive director of the 25th ID Memorial Association.

The life-size memorial is located near the entrance of the 25th ID headquarters building, facing the flagpole on Weyand Field. Family members, visitors and distinguished guests to Schofield often stop by the memorial and brick courtyard to take photos, lay wreaths or flowers and read the names of Soldiers honored.

The memorial site is also used for re-enlistments, awards, promotions and retirement ceremonies.

Plans are in the works to add another bronze Soldier to the memorial — a female. The Wahine Warrior will represent the two Tropic Lightning female Soldiers who died in combat, and the more than 12,000 women who have served with the 25th ID in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“She represents the service and sacrifice of thousands of women who have deployed with the 25th Division over the past decade and continue to constitute an important component of our division today and into the future,” Sincock said.

A replica of the memorial is being constructed behind the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Ga., as part of the 25th ID “United by Sacrifice” memorial.

The brick memorial courtyard is also being expanded to make room for more tributes to Tropic Lightning Soldiers. The original layout accommodated 3,000 bricks. The size has been doubled, and orders for engravings on bricks are being accepted.

“We initially created the brick memorial courtyard to honor individuals for their service and to raise funds to complete and maintain the memorial,” Sincock said. “Some mistakenly believe that all the bricks represent deceased Soldiers, but that is not the case. Some bricks or blocks represent those lost in combat or who have died in the years following their service, but some of the bricks honor the living and their service.”

“With the closing out of the war fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan within the next year, we anticipate that as more Tropic Lightning Warriors have time to reflect upon their service and the loss of their friends, we will be adding additional names,” said Allen Hoe, president, 25th ID Memorial Association.

 

Memorial Courtyard

For more information about the brick memorial courtyard, visit www.25thida.com.

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