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Spartans remember fallen soldiers

By Bonney Bowman Photojournalist: Andy Nitchman - 7:27 PM June 19, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Seventy-four local heroes, lost during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, were remembered at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Thursday.

All 74 soldiers were members of the 4/25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team and killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The ceremony was for both remembrance and rededication.

The memorial was moved when the 4/25 moved into new headquarters. They placed it in front of the doors, a daily reminder of the lost.

“What makes a unit unique is it’s history and lineage, and a key part of that history and lineage is the sacrifice of the members of that organization and the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice in previous conflicts or operations,” said 4/25 Cmdr. Col. Matt McFarlane. “As we move forward every day with important tasks, we keep the memory of those 74 heroes in mind as we do that.”

The memorial wrapped up Sparta Week. The 4/25 is also known as the Spartan Brigade.

Sparta Week is an annual celebration of the paratroopers and their families, where the soldiers get to enjoy friendly competition and relax a little while taking time to remember their fallen comrades.

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