Honoring the fallen

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Thirteen U.S. service personnel were killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 26 and community members in Monett gathered Friday to honor their lives and their sacrifice. Event organizer Laura Person read the names of the 13 fallen: Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Mass.; Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, Calif.; Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tenn.; Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, Calif.; Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Neb.; Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Ind.; Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas; Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles; Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyo.; Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Calif.; and Navy Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio. Following a prayer, the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance at the Freedom Silo on Front Street, the Warrior Watch Riders rode to Broadway, where they saluted 13 empty chairs with American Flags on them. Person said she would like to thank Lowe’s for donating 13 flags for the event, and the Monett JROTC for providing the color guard. Mike Gervais/mgnews@monett-times.com

Thirteen U.S. service personnel were killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 26 and community members in Monett gathered Friday to honor their lives and their sacrifice.

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