• Maj. Gen. John M. Murray, 3rd Infantry Division commanding general, and retired Lt. Gen. William Webster, former 3rd Infantry Division commanding general, place a wreath at the base of Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith's memorial tree, Dec. 14,  2013, as part of the seventh annual Wreaths for Warriors Walk event at Fort Stewart, Ga. The wreaths will remain on display at Warriors Walk throughout the holiday season.

    Marne Division, community pay tribute during holidays

    Maj. Gen. John M. Murray, 3rd Infantry Division commanding general, and retired Lt. Gen. William Webster, former 3rd Infantry Division commanding general, place a wreath at the base of Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith's memorial...

  • Maj. Gen. John M. Murray, 3rd Infantry Division commanding general, and his wife, Jane, take a moment to pay their respects, Dec. 14, 2013, at Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith's memorial tree after placing a holiday wreath at its base at Fort Stewart, Ga. Smith, a Medal of Honor recipient, is one of 466 fallen heroes remembered at Fort Stewart's Warriors Walk with an Eastern Redbud tree.

    Marne Division, community pay tribute during holidays

    Maj. Gen. John M. Murray, 3rd Infantry Division commanding general, and his wife, Jane, take a moment to pay their respects, Dec. 14, 2013, at Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith's memorial tree after placing a holiday wreath at its base at Fort Stewart, Ga...

  • Col. Robert P. Ashe, commander of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, takes a moment to honor a fallen soldier during a wreath laying ceremony at Warriors Walk, Dec. 14, 2013. This ceremony is to remember the fallen soldiers during the holiday season who were assigned to Fort Stewart.

    Marne Division, community pay tribute during holidays

    Col. Robert P. Ashe, commander of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, takes a moment to honor a fallen soldier during a wreath laying ceremony at Warriors Walk, Dec. 14, 2013. This ceremony is to remember the fallen soldiers...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson, senior enlisted adviser for the 3rd Infantry Division, places a holiday wreath on the memorial for Sgt. 1st Class Lonnie J. Pason, a fallen Soldier with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, during a ceremony at Warriors Walk, Dec. 14, 2013, at Fort Stewart, Ga. The event is to remember the fallen Soldiers of Fort Stewart during the holiday season.

    Marne Division, community pay tribute during holidays

    Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson, senior enlisted adviser for the 3rd Infantry Division, places a holiday wreath on the memorial for Sgt. 1st Class Lonnie J. Pason, a fallen Soldier with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, during a ceremony at Warriors...

FORT STEWART, Ga. (Dec. 18, 2013) - "This is where our warriors walk ... so it is fitting that those warriors who do not make that last walk are memorialized around this field by the eastern redbud trees you see on both sides," said 3rd Infantry Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. John M. Murray. "This place, located in the heart of Fort Stewart, represents hallowed ground where the memories of Marne Division heroes live on ... and I assure you that every single person memorialized along this walk is truly an American hero."

More than 140 motorcyclists from nearly 10 different clubs from as far away as Augusta, Ga., along with Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets and Civil Air Patrol cadet volunteers were in attendance to aid in placing wreaths at the bases of the 466 Eastern Redbud trees on Fort Stewart's Warriors Walk.

"Words cannot describe how honored I am to be able to speak to you at this seventh annual wreath-laying ceremony for the 466 heroes that gave their all in defense of our nation," Murray said.

The ceremony is held each year, in conjunction with National Wreaths Across America, on the second Saturday in December.

For seven years now, Wreaths for Warriors Walk Inc., has been placing a holiday wreath at the bases of the trees of fallen heroes as a way to honor their sacrifice and that of their families. The trees are a living memorial to those Soldiers who, while assigned to 3rd ID, have fought and fallen in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, or Enduring Freedom.

This year, Warriors Walk had wreaths placed by hundreds of volunteers, service members and 170 family members from 44 of our heroes' families. After the wreaths had been placed, families could be seen talking to some of the volunteers, sharing stories and tears alike.

"I'm amazed at the support and strength of these families and the support that they give to one another," Jane Murray, Maj. Gen. Murray's wife, shared. "I don't think there's a more perfect place for the families to be able to come and share with one another their loss and their sacrifice. The trees without leaves and the ornaments are almost more beautiful than anything I've ever seen. I will always remember this. It's magical."

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