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Aug 22, 2011 8:10 PM by Stephanie Collins

Honoring the children of fallen soldiers

Some may be too young to understand, but the children of fallen soldiers were honored at a Fort Carson ceremony today. It's part of a new effort to make sure those who've lost their lives, while serving our country, aren't forgotten.

Four year old Joshua Blackwell was just four months old when his dad was killed in Iraq. He's one of several children who received a medal during the ceremony, "He'll go around and show off his medal to everybody today and he knows what it's for, he knows it's for daddy," explains his mom, Allyson Wyatt.

Joshua's dad, Specialist Justin Blackwell was killed in Baghdad in 2007. He was a member of the 59th Military Police Company.

Today's recognition ceremony is the first of its kind for Fort Carson. It was held in the serenity garden behind the new Fallen Heroes Family Center, "Our soldier creed says never leave a fallen comrade, that's in combat and back home. So this is the Army and families coming together to never leave a fallen comrade," explains Garrison Commander, Col. Bob McLaughlin.

In addition to the recognition ceremonies, the Fallen Heroes Family Center, which opened less than a year ago, provides supportive services to families of the fallen. The center has counseling services, support groups and classes. And the walls inside the center serve as a memorial, covered with photos of the fallen.

It all combines to remember fallen soldiers in several ways. Fort Carson says they hope to make the recognition ceremony an annual event.

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