Losing a co-worker is tough. Losing a friend is tougher. But, as Soldiers, it’s something that we unfortunately somehow learn to deal with. One of the ways we deal with our losses is to honor our fallen with memorial ceremonies that help to provide some level of closure. There is still a combat mission to perform and we must move on. These ceremonies give us a reason to keep fighting and bring home the reality and seriousness of what we do on a daily basis. That doesn’t make it easier.
Memorials are conducted both in theater and back home for families. Here is a glimpse at one such memorial ceremony for three Soldier from the 131st Transportation Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade who were killed when their convoy struck an Improvised Explosive Device July 18.