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Tree dedicated at Warriors Walk for Wittman

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HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

Aaron Wittman's parents and other relatives met the members of his military "family" as they all dedicated a tree in his memory at Warriors Walk.

Commanders relayed stories of Sgt. Wittman's dedication and loyalty to his friends, fellow soldiers, and his country. 

Wittman left The Citadel during his senior year to deploy to Afghanistan with a South Carolina National Guard unit. Once he returned and graduated, he entered active duty. Loved ones recalled how he passed up a commission in order to serve with and help lead enlisted troops.

Wittman died Jan. 10 in Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by small arms fire while on mounted patrol. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team.

Both his parents and several relatives served in various military branches. His mother and father were touched at the reverence shown to their son and others in a place like Warriors Walk.

"I'd seen this place before with Aaron and I will be back," said his father Duane, a retired Army major. "It is beautiful and, like Arlington, is a very unique way to honor Aaron and other fallen soldiers. "

Wittman is the 445th soldier memorialized with an Easter Red Bud tree at Warriors Walk.

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