|Updated: 2/18/2011 8:14 am
||Published: 2/17/2011 7:14 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Families of fallen troops gathered at the State Capitol for a presentation ceremony Thursday afternoon. 24 families received Gold Star Banners honoring their loved ones who died while serving our country. Brothers and sisters, wife's and parents, and children all came together.
Jessica Brazil lost her dad, but says it helps to have so many relatives for support.
"Our family is really close and that helps us to stay strong, especially when someone passes away like my dad who we all loved. I think our family being so close really helps us."
Relatives of Staff Sgt. Bobby Brazil came to support each other through the emotional service. They say the tribute made them feel special and that Bobby's service was to a grateful nation. His sister Jackie Patrick says his death was a learning lesson for all of them.
"Don't ever take anything for granted. Enjoy the time you have with your loved ones because they won't be here forever."
Part of the service included The Lost Heroes Art Quilt, which travels the country to honor the memory of those who lost their lives fighting. The quilt is a symbol of all the heros who have fallen, and a symbol for the families honored in the ceremony, that their loved one will not be forgotten.
Dignitaries gave thanks to the families for the sacrifices made. But for the relatives of Bobby Brazil, they'll hold on to the cherished memories they have left.
Staff Sgt. Bobby Brazil leaves behind a wife and five children. It was his second tour in Iraq with the Army Reserves. He died in September 2010.