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Soldiers Who Served During Initial Invasion Of Iraq Reunite

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Local military heroes who haven't seen one another in years reunite to remember the war that brought them together. Fort Stewart's 3rd battalion, 15th infantry regiment was part of the initial invasion of Iraq 10 years ago. Saturday, the veterans took a special walk down memory lane.

Fort Stewart's Warriors Walk was a first time visit for many of these veterans.

"It has taken 10 years for me to really want to come here. It has taken that long for me to be able to have the strength to come walk this walk," said Iraq war veteran, Angel Acevedo.

As the group journeyed through the field they paused to remember the soldiers they lost in their unit.

"I consider this the walk of heal for me, be able to heal a little bit, to be able to understand, and also to pay respects that these great soldiers deserve," said Acevedo.

Even after a decade the impact of the war is still felt all around. 

"10 years later it's still hard to get a good night sleep. I haven't seen a fireworks display since 2004," said Iraq war veteran, Brian Truenow.

But these veterans are continuing to live their lives for the ones who can't

"I came back, got out of active duty, went into civilian world that was a big transition learning how to transition  to become a civilian literally out of a war zone, to getting back in it to the army and the national guard and coming back on active duty again," said Iraq war veteran, Bevan Stansbury.

While these heroes might call other places home, the Warriors Walk will always hold a special place for them.

"All these people that are memorialized here they are all over the country and this is a way for us as a unit and veterans of this unit to come to one place and remember our fallen," said Truenow.

Five soldiers from 3-15 are memorialized along Warriors Walk.

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