Updated 06/27/2012 03:58 PM
Fort Drum holds annual Mountain Remembrance Ceremony
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FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fort Drum honored 52 soldiers who died in 2011 at its annual Mountain Remembrance Ceremony.
More than 170 family members of 48 of those soldiers were on hand as the names of each were read aloud.
A group of four people, including Fort Drum Commanding General, Major General Mark Milley, and former Drum Commander, retired Lieutenant General Franklin "Buster" Hagenbeck, unveiled a plaque in their honor. There was also the ceremonial playing of taps and a 21 gun salute with cannons.
Milley says these soldiers will truly never be forgotten.
"Only those who take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic and the families of those soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, only they fully understand the true cost of freedom," said Milley.
Fort Drum will also host its annual Salute to the Nations as part of Mountainfest Thursday night.