10 Years Later, Son Receives Fallen Dad's Army Medals

Published 06/13 2014 07:52PM

Updated 06/13 2014 10:13PM

LITTLE ROCK, AR - On Friday afternoon a ceremony was held at the Arkansas State Capital to honor the U.S. Army on its 239th birthday, during the event a teenager was honored.

Ten years ago a memorial was held in Hope, AR for Sergeant Chad Rosenbaum who was killed in active duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sergeant Rosenbaum left behind a 4-year-old son. A decade later, another ceremony was held, this one to honor Rosenbaum's now teenager, Ty.

Captain Nate Smith said at the ceremony, "The loss of Sgt. Rosenbaum is a tragic and sobering reminder of the terrible human sacrifice that war brings."

14-year-old Ty was presented with his father's medals, including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, as well as an American Flag.

Captain Smith added, "Although he is no longer with us today, his spirit and legacy will forever live on with the person he called the love of his life, his son Ty."

Ty says, "It's been difficult but I hear a lot about him and they make sure I don't forget him."

Ten years after losing his father, and minutes after getting his medals, this son had advice for children like him.

"It is very hard but it makes you stronger."

Ty said the medals will be displayed with his father's other memorabilia in Hope.

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