Community honors fallen soldiers


SHERWOOD, Ark.-“They lay their lives down for their country and they’re doing what they love to do,” Sharri Briley said.

This weekend people in Sherwood remembered the brave men and women who lost their lives while serving our country.

It was part of the 14th annual Tribute to Fallen Heroes. The ceremony honored more than 100 soldiers from Arkansas who fought in the war on terrorism.

No matter if their loved died while fighting in combat overseas or here back at home because of what they had to go through people say it’s important to honor them.

There names are different, but their stories remain the same.

“Corporal Curtis M. Ogle, United States Marine Corps.”

“Senior Airman Bradley R. Smith, United States Army.”

“They died doing what they love to do,” Briley said.

American Legion Post 74 in Sherwood taking the time to honor 155 men and woman from Arkansas that have paid the ultimate price.

“It’s a team effort. We are all in this together,” RD Kinsey said.

“Unfortunately the list grows longer,” Briley said.

“Every casualty whether it happened overseas or happened at home,” Kinsey said.

Kimberly Gillam’s brother, Staff Sgt. Donald Orlando Smith fought in Iraq twice. When he came home he took his life.

“It was tough, very tough there were 2 small kids left behind that had to be taken care of,” Gillam said.

A different story for Sharri Briley. Her husband CW3 Donovan Briley was killed in 1993 during a helicopter crash known as Black Hawk Down.

“My daughter is now a mother and she has children so he’s missing out on being a grandpa,” Briley said.

She and other people are now members of the Gold Star family. A bond that will always be there.

“We all feel the loss.” Briley said.

Governor Hutchinson’s office declared Saturday as fallen heroes day. Other speakers shared resources and programs that work to lower the number of veterans suicides.

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