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Limestone county remembers fallen heroes on Memorial Day

Many veterans said they have several comrades who died in the line of duty.

Posted: May 28, 2018 6:44 PM
Updated: May 28, 2018 9:08 PM

The Limestone County community is remembering the service men and women who died in the line of duty. Veterans said this holiday allows them to take the time to remember their comrades who sacrificed their lives.

"The effects of going to war still hits us when we get back," said Gabe Palacios.

Gabe Palacios served 8 years in the United State Marine Corps as an engineer equipment operator.

He said he'll never forget the time he spent in Afghanistan in 2010.

"I was attached to a 17 which is a battalion. And also 35 in the district in Afghanistan during the offensive and a few of my friends ended up not coming back home," Palacios said.

Not a day goes by when Palacios doesn't take time to remember his fallen comrades. He stays in contact with their family members and the soldiers who served along side him.

"We don't want them to commit suicide. We lost quit a few to suicide after conflict. I've lost about 3 or 4 during and about 15 after," Palacios said.

Brigadier General Robert Rasch with Redstone Arsenal was the guest speaker at the Limestone County event. He said Memorial Day is personal to him because his grandfather fought in World War I. He didn't die in battle, but still made safrifices.

"It's important to just stop and reflect upon their service to our nation and everything they've done to allow us to enjoy the freedom and everything we enjoy," said Brigadier General Robert Rasch.

"A roll call of the North Alabama veterans who passed away this year allowed people to remember, and thank those who sacrificed their lives for this country," Rasch said.

"All of our fallen comrades in arms have heeded that call and have selflessly served in support of this thing we call the United States of America," Rasch said.

Those who attended the service had the chance to tour the Alabama Veterans Museum afterwards.

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