FORT STEWART, GA (WTOC) - As Operation Iraqi Freedom continues, Fort Stewart remembers five more soldiers killed in Iraq. Today, families from around the nation came together to remember and pay tribute in a stirring ceremony along the Warriors Walk.
One by one, families of the fallen made their way down Warriors Walk. Susan Hanson came here from Wisconsin to see the place her son Timothy and others are remembered. "Lots more trees than I realized," said Hanson.
"This is a hallowed place," said garrison commander Col. Todd Buchs. "Here stand 386 living monuments to our fallen heroes. Warriors Walk honors their courage with enduring love."
Col. Buchs read about each of the five soldiers remembered this month. Each shared a love of family and a love of country.
"The flags here remind us of the nation we serve and the generation of Americans indebted to these five soldiers," said Col. Buchs.
And as army loved ones mourn today, they also think of the thousands of Third Infantry soldiers who'll return home later this year.
In just a few months, the first units will begin to arrive home just as the trees on Warriors Walk start to bloom.
Family members say even if their soldier isn't buried here, Warriors Walk serves as hallowed ground.
"At least I know there is a place I can go and know there is a piece of him here," said mother of a fallen soldier Judy Hoffman .
Since the start of the war, 386 memorial trees have been planted at Warriors Walk on Fort Stewart.