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Fort Stewart Honors Eight Fallen Soldiers on Warriors Walk w/video and photos

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A day to remember and honor men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedom.

Eight Third Infantry Division soldiers who died in the last month now are a permanent part of Fort Stewart at Warriors Walk.

Families of the fallen soldiers came to one last military ceremony in their honor.  

Through the trees, the emotion of each and every person here can be seen all over their faces. Even the smallest finding comfort in the arms of a loved one. The soldiers involved in the ceremony itself remain stoic and steadfast.
Even the patriotism of the National Anthem eventually gives way to more sadness and tears, and a light rain. The skies crying for the fallen.
"They lived a life and embraced such words as loyalty, duty, respect, honor, selfless service, integrity and personal courage."

Families sit and listen to the kind words from army brass, and the personal stories for each of the eight departed Dog Faced Soldiers.

"He was so sure he was going to win, he rehearsed what he was going to say for the news reporter."
Then it was time to officially unveil each soldier's plaque.

With precision and respect, the honor guard unveils the names, etched in granite for all to see.

Once each and every monument is revealed, families get their chance to say goodbye.  

Words of respect and dignity from the Honor Guard comfort some, but just bring more tears to others.  

A wife left without a husband, sons without their father.

"We love him. He was special, and we will miss him terribly," said Claudine Ehlers, SSG Marc Scialdo's sister.

While still mourning their loss, Staff Sergeant Marc Scialdo's family is putting sadness aside for a few moments on this day to remember the good things.

"He loved what he did," explained Ehlers. "He did it proudly, he did it selflessly, as all these ladies and men do every single day. And we are grateful to them. We've always been Army proud."

Proud of him, and proud of the service he and all these soldiers gave to their country.

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 "He lived more in 27 years than most people do in a lifetime of 70 or 80. He went after what he wanted and he did it," explained Kim Henderson, CW2 Bryan Henderson's mother.

That's how Staff Sergeant Bryan Henderson's family is remembering him on this day.  

Most people never got to meet Bryan, or any of these valiant service members, but through these eastern redbuds and the mementos among the leaves and the names below the trees, everyone who walks by will now get a small sense of who they were.

"They are not going to forget him. They are going to remember him forever," smiled Henderson.

5 of the 8 soldiers honored today were Captain Sara Knutson, Staff Sergeant Steven Blass, Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Henderson, Staff Sergeant Marc Scialdo, and Specialist Zachary Shannon.  

They were killed when a helicopter went down in Afghanistan on march 11th.

Specialist David Proctor, SSG Rex Schad, and CW3 James Groves were also honored with trees on Warriors Walk.

With the 8 trees unveiled Thursday, there are now 453 eastern redbuds planted along warriors walk in honor of fallen 3rd ID soldiers.

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