Currahees receive memorial bench
February 8, 2013
The memorial at the 4th Brigade Combat Team headquarters received an addition last Tuesday of an Operation Iraqi Freedom V-VII memorial bench.
"The bench helps finish off the Currahee memorial that honors all of the fallen men and women from WWII though Afghanistan," said Donald E. Thies, a Currahee Vietnam Veteran from Company B., 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and financier of the memorial bench. "This memorial is a place where any Currahee, whether active duty, retired, veteran or family member, can take pride and reflect on the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price."
The bench sits in front of the Operation Iraqi Freedom V-VII memorial and is positioned so people can sit and pay their respect.
"The memorial is absolutely complimented by that bench," said Lt. Col. Lance D. Oskey, Deputy Commanding Officer for the 4th BCT, 101st Abn Div. "It's truly a representation that does great honor to the service and sacrifices of the many veterans of our regiment."
The 4th BCT's memorial provides a place for remberance and reflection for our fallen Currahees.
"The memorial is a place that should be a stopping point for those who want to never forget their buddies, husband, wife, daughter, son or whomever," said Thies. "It's a place where family and individuals can sit and reflect upon lives lost, but lives so valued by them and every single veteran."
The 4th BCT memorial honors Currahees from WWII, Vietnam, all the way to OIF and OEF.
"We have, and continue to enjoy, a tremendous amount of support from the veterans," said Oskey. "Its part of what makes our regiment and our brigade such a great team."
The 4th BCT memorial is located behind building 7078 Stands Alone Ave. at the intersection of Market Garden Ave. and Angels Rd. and is open to visitors seven days a week.