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173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE MEMORIAL DEDICATION CEREMONY
On 1 June 2010, starting at dawn, they came….
Sky Soldiers still serving.
Friends of Sky Soldiers.
Proud Veterans remembering.
Recalling days gone by and friends of old.
To witness this long awaited event!
Our Allies came from afar.
Those retired and those still serving.
To be with us at this important ceremony.
The Military Band played a march…
Soldiers appeared in the distance…
A Multinational Color Guard….
Bearing the US, Australian and New Zealand Flags
Positioned themselves in front of the bleachers.
CSM Rolling Presented the Colors
To BG James Yarbrough
Who then opened the dedication ceremony
With words that stirred the crowd.
CSM Rolling spoke on behalf of 173d ABCT Commander Colonel Jim Johnson.
Australian MG Caligari spoke of brotherhood and service
New Zealand BG Gawn echoed this theme.
Ken Smith then spoke the words of dedication.
We moved from the bleachers to the Memorial.
Preceded by the Colors
Carried by battle tested Warriors from Afghanistan.
Active Duty Warriors and Veterans
Without regard to rank or title
Remembered comrades – the returned and the fallen.
Bob Wolfgang presided over dedication events at the Memorial.
Veterans and a gold star representative from the Vietnam era
Presented a Wreath
And rendered honors to the Vietnam fallen.
An Australian Veteran, Gold Star Family Member, and Serving Warriors
Presented their wreath
And rendered honors to their fallen.
New Zealand Veterans and Serving Warrior
Presented their wreath
And remembered their fallen brothers.
OIF and OEF Veterans
Accompanied by Gold Star Family Members
Placed their wreath beside those from an earlier era
And rendered honors to the fallen.
And all was silent as brothers in arms and friends and family remembered.
The Color Guard rendered final honors.
As did veterans and warriors.
The rifle salute was fired and taps sounded.
The Piper paid a final tribute.
The Colors were retired.
And the Dedication Ceremony done…
Leaving many to remember
And many to mourn.
Dedicated this 1 st day of June, 2010
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