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09/25/03

"Rock of the Marne" Unveiled

Today, city and county leaders unveiled a special tribute during a ceremony at Fort Stewart in Hinesville. To the soldiers and citizens who call Hinesville home, it's more than just a monument. "I think it's wonderful," military spouse Lori Guss told us. "It's going to be a wonderful dedication to the soldiers who were over there, and to those who were not able to return back home."

Guss works at Hinesville City Hall, in the water department. Her husband, SSgt. Eric Guss, left exactly one year ago with the 164th Armor. She says she doesn't know what she would have done without her adopted home town. "It is so nice to be able to see that kind of support," she said.

A symbol of that support now stands in Marne Garden at Fort Stewart. It's the Rock of the Marne and it traces the Third Infantry Division's charge through Iraq and honors the division's soldiers, including 43 who made the ultimate sacrifice in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"They mean a great deal to the citizens of Hinesville," mayor pro tem David Anderson said. "We work closely with them, they work closely with us, we're glad that they're here."

Soldiers are pleased to be there as well. "I can say that Hinesville is a very supportive community," said CSM Mark Baker. "I hadn't seen it done on this scale, and I tell you what, to get a monument dedicated by the city is something pretty fantastic."

The monument cost $25,000 to build and is being paid for by donations from the community.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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