Four names added to Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial

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by Scott Evans

NWCN.com

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 6:37 PM

BOISE – Hundreds gathered around the Idaho Fallen Solder memorial Wednesday morning to honor the men and women who have died since 9/11.

The ceremony didn't last long, less than an hour, with most of the time taken to read the names of those who have died.

And, as it unfortunately does every year, the list of those fallen continues to grow. This year, four more people were added to the memorial bringing the total to 66 Idahoans.

Staff Sergeant Octavio Hererra, Specialist Tom Murach, Specialist Spc. Mitchell Daehling and Private First Class Shane Wilson were the men who died in the last 12 months.

And to those who were there, those who died are more than a number or a name on a wall.

"The heroes that we memorialize today gave everything for a grateful nation. A nation that cannot full express our appreciation and admiration for their selfless devotion," said Governor Butch Otter.

"We can only humbly acknowledge and salute their and your dedication to one another and this great land," said Otter.

The respect, dignity and patriotism from those who honor fallen members of the military is second to none. Many who were attended Wednesday morning were veterans, men and women who understand the battle these men and women fought.

Nick Murach and his family were here to remember their brother and son Army Specialist Tom Murach. For the family recognition makes coping easier.

"Today is four months and eight days so it's still a daily battle that we deal with, but we're coming to grips with it," said Nick Murach.

And that means trying to find a new normal.

"You never move on from a situation like this. It's still a daily thing," said Murach.

But this support, from many who are only here for no other reason than to support, helps his family.

"I would feel bad if he was forgotten, if the story faded away in history and no one remembered," said Nick Murach.

And that's partially one reason why several kids attended, the next generation, a generation not even born when the war on terror began. But they'll remember this day.

"So that today, that has been made infamous for drawing us into a global war on terror, we pause momentarily to remember and remind others to remember these heroes with dignity, with respect and with a grateful heart," said Otter.

The Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial is right in front of the old Ada County Courthouse in Boise on Jefferson between 5th and 6th. It's outside and can be viewed year-round.

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