May 27, 2010 10:07 PM by Matt Stafford
53 names of soldiers were added Thursday to Fort Carson's Global War on Terrorism Fallen Soldiers' Memorial. All of the soldiers died in the line over the last year.
It's a ceremony that has become annual since the site was dedicated in 2004. It's scheduled every year for the Thursday before Memorial Day, and all of the soldiers' recognized were killed in action since last year's ceremony.
Major General David Perkins, Fort Carson's Commanding General, spoke to the crowd gathered Thursday morning. He said many think the technology of the United States' military is what makes it so strong, but the soldier is what gets the job done.
"What really sets us apart from anybody else are the names on the rocks behind us," says Maj. Gen. David Perkins.
For families and friends paying tribute, it was another stop on a long road of healing. It's been about 7 months since Eryn Stivison found out her husband, Staff Sergeant Glen Stivison of the 555th Engineers, had been killed. While Thursday's memorial was tough for Eryn, she was proud for the chance to pay tribute, saying not just her husband but all of the fallen heroes.
"It's sad but happy that we get to remember these heroes," Eryn Stivison says. No matter how sad the memorial maybe, it's not stopping this family from showing respect.
"We try to be strong and make it day to day, and come out here and support him no matter what," says Stivison.
Now, with these 53 names, the total on Fort Carson's memorial is now up to 335.