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Utahns Honor Soldiers, Unsung Heroes

Utahns Honor Soldiers, Unsung Heroes

Posted - May 26, 2003 at 9:49 p.m.



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Sandra Yi reporting People across America paused Monday to pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country.

Utahns at Fort Douglas take a walk back in time in honor of fallen soldiers from years past.

Jim Matheson: "WE HONOR THOSE WHO FOUGHT IN THE CONFLICTS OF OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS. WORLD WAR I, WORLD WAR II AND KOREA."

And now, there is also a new generation of heroes on people's minds. The more than 160 American soldiers who died in the war with Iraq. Three of them were from Utah.

Maj. Gen. James Collins/ Commander, 96th Regional Support Command: "WE ARE A NATION AT WAR AND SO WE'RE CONTINUING TO HAVE NEW FALLEN HEROES THAT WE WANT TO REMEMBER."

Those heroes also include victims of terrorism. Flowers were placed at a monument at Wasatch Lawn Memorial dedicated to those men and women.

People say patriotism is greater now because of recent events. Even children, they say, seem to be more aware of what Memorial Day is all about.

One man at a ceremony at Camp Williams gave the example of a young boy who helped put flags on gravesites.

Terry Schow/ Utah Division of Veterans Affairs: "KIND OF AN INTERESTING SIDE NOTE-- WE RAN OUT OF FLAGS AT THE OGDEN CEMETARY THIS MORNING AND THE LITTLE BOY STARTED CRYING BECAUSE HE FELT BAD WE DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH FLAGS FOR ALL THE GRAVES. SO IT'S IMPRESSIVE THAT A YOUNG MAN LIKE THAT UNDERSTANDS WHAT THOSE FLAGS ARE ABOUT AND HE ALSO UNDERSTANDS WHAT EVERY ONE OF THOSE FLAGS MEANS."

Every flag for a veteran who paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country.

Congressman Jim Matheson said there are heroes all around us. One of them, Stein Rosquist, is the only survivor of a Life Flight helicopter crash. He and Life Flight were recognized Monday as unsung heroes.

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