MEDFORD, Ore – A nonprofit continues its 12th annual trip across the country to honor fallen U.S. soldiers.
Eugene-based Tribute To Fallen Soldiers began their 11-day journey in Indio, Calif., On Thursday, stopping first at Eagles Lodge # 2093 in Medford. In previous years, the group started in Eugene and traveled to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, making stops in various states to honor around 70 deceased veterans.
Warren Williamson, the organization’s executive director, told NBC5 they wanted to take a different path this year and honor the service members killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August.
“We do this to remember the 13 soldiers who died in the suicide bombing, four of whom are [on our route]”Williamson said.” Seeing the amount of work the local community has done here in Medford is overwhelming.all the wonderful patriots [at the event], the veterans who served outside to greet us when we arrived, that was something special.
Part of their journey is the lighting of a commemorative torch. The group stopped at the lodge with a police escort, to remember Army Sgt. Branden Kimball of Central Point – who died in Afghanistan in 2020 from an unrelated combat incident. The organization offered his family a commemorative plaque and portrait.
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“It’s just a reminder that we haven’t forgotten that there are still a lot of good Americans we will never forget.” Williamson said. [The torch] never comes out. It represents the life, spirit and sacrifice of service of each of those servicemen we honor.
More information about the organization can be found here: Tribute to fallen soldiers
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