Dozens of Names Added to Soldiers field Memorial

Updated: 06/13/2014 10:59 PM
Created: 06/13/2014 4:08 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- It's a place where families and fellow soldiers come to honor their loved one's who fought for our country, and today, Soldiers Field Memorial gained a few more comrades. All morning long, pavers were cemented into the ground, adding 42 more names to the memorial site.

When Soldiers Field Memorial was first built, Dawn Freshwater bought a paver for her husband Rick. "My husband's military service is important to him so I thought it'd be a great way to honor his service," said Dawn.

"It was pretty special. I guess, I was kind of floored," said Rick.

They came out to Soldiers Field Friday, this time to pay respects to Rick's father Earl, a Korean War Veteran and military photographer. "That would be my father-in-law, he passed away a year ago in December," said Dawn.

One by one, they watched as dozens of pavers were pressed permanently into the ground, Earl's marker, bringing with it a rush of emotions. "I miss him. I wish that he was here to see this, but he's here…" said Rick.

That's what brings both Rick and Dawn at ease, knowing he'd be proud of having his name alongside of his fellow comrades. "I know that he would cry," said Dawn.

"He probably wouldn't be able to talk. He'd be crying, because that's what he did. He never cried unless you were talking about his mom or his military service, so he'd be really proud, really happy," said Rick.

Though Earl’s not around to visit the site, they're happy that they, their children, and future generations can always stop by and see Earl at Soldiers Field. "It's permanent, it'll be here forever, and they'll be honored always," said Dawn.

More pavers were added at the Soldiers Field Memorial today in honor of local veterans who gave up their lives for our country.