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Two Eastern Red Bud Trees to honor Fallen

POSTED: August 3, 2012 4:51 p.m.
Sgt. Stephen Dornbos, 2BCT Public Affairs /

Third Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Robert 'Abe' Abrams speaks at the Tree Dedication Ceremony held at Fort Stewart's Warrior's Walk, July 27.

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The morning of July 27 at Fort Stewart�s Warrior�s Walk, many Soldiers, Families and guests gathered in honor of two Fallen �Dog Face� Soldiers � Cpl. Bryant Luxmore and Maj. Paul Voelke � for a Tree Dedication ceremony.

The ceremony began with many guests filling the seats and music played by the Third Infantry Division Band. Following the National Anthem, the remarks were given by 3rd ID Commander Maj. Gen. Robert �Abe� Abrams.

�Distinguished guests, Soldiers, Families and friends of the Third Infantry Division, I welcome you to this Tree Dedication Ceremony where we honor the service of two patriots, Cpl. Bryant Luxmore, Bravo Company, 1/64 Armor and Maj. Paul Voelke, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry, who gave their last full measure in service to our country,� Maj. Gen. Abrams said. �We are honored, truly honored to have two very large groups of Family Members.�

Major General Abrams added that �we should not focus on how they died but how they lived.�

�This special place, this hallow ground for the Soldiers and Families of the Marne Division, we�re surround by the memory of heroes,� he said. �Every single person memorialized here a hero and, as of today, there are 443 living monuments to Dog Face Soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country, our ideals and our beliefs.�

Prior to the Tree Dedication Ceremony for Cpl. Luxmore and Maj. Voelke, the last ceremony took place in April in memory of Sgt. Joshua Born and Sgt. Timothy Conrad, both of 549th Military Police Company, 385th MP Battalion.

Following Maj. Gen. Abram�s remarks, the benediction took place as guests bowed their heads.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, both Families of the Fallen visited the memorial stone of their Soldier. Guests and visitors formed a line along Warrior�s Walk to pay respect.

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