FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WWNY) - Honoring those who have lost their lives, an annual remembrance ceremony was held Wednesday at the Memorial Park, never forgetting Fort Drum soldiers who died while serving their country.
The latest name added: Private First Class Joshua Mikeasky, who died in Afghanistan in December 2018 at 19 years old.
In all, 61 Gold Star families gathered to remember. Among them were Judy and Kyle Carver.
“We will never forget men such as their son, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mitchell Carver Jr.,” said Command Sergeant Major Richard Merritt.
The Carvers traveled 850 miles to Fort Drum from just outside Asheville, North Carolina.
“We come every year to honor our son,” said Judy.
Their son, Mitchell Carver, died in Iraq. A pilot with the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, his Kiowa helicopter was shot down in Iraq. He was 31 years old.
“Somebody gave him and old field jacket and when he was probably four or 5 he would put it on and it would drag to the ground but he would wear it. In the summer he would hear it,” said Kyle.
The Carvers’ annual trip back to Fort Drum is met with support.
“My words could not replace their loved one, but I wanted them to know and to see this to know that they gained a family forever and that family being the 10 Mountain and the Army,” said Merritt.
“We were very proud of him and I would just give him a hug,” said Judy.
Sacrifices made by 10th Mountain Division soldiers and their families remembered each year on post.