Memorial Honoring Fallen Soldiers

Today in an emotional ceremony, Harrison Central High School honored three alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice, when they died overseas in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Marine Second Lieutenant Threrrel Shane Childers died on March 21st, 2003 after being shot in the abdomen. He was the first U.S. Serviceman to dire in the Iraqi War.
"In 30 years Shane lived a life and saw things most of us will only read about in books or see in movies,” said Lt. Colonel John Owens.
Sergeant First Class Johnny Polk died on July 25th, 2009 after his vehicle was hit by a grenade.
"He fought hard for his country. He didn’t have to do the three tours, but he went and did it anyway for his country,” said Aletha Polk, Sgt, Polk’s Sister in Law.
Sergeant Daniel Ray Varnado died on May 23rd, 2005 when his military vehicle was struck by an I.E.D.
"It means an awful lot to know he’s not forgotten,” said David Varnardo.
U.S. Congressman and active military member Steven Palazzo tells News 25 celebrations like this are important to remember all the men and women in uniform do to protect our freedom.
"We just all need to take a moment, pause and reflect, and be thankful for the things that we have is because of the price that they pay,” said Congressman Palazzo.
A memorial honoring these three fallen heroes will be placed on the school’s campus.

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