Guam – Family friends and military members gathered on Friday to honor and pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in securing our freedom.
These heroes are recognized and honored nationally and locally during Memorial Day and Veterans day services. The tribute was extended by the Guam National Guard which remembers them annually through the Fallen Heroes ceremony.
The National Guard honored Sgt. Eugene M. Aguon, Sgt. Gregory D. Fejeran, Sgt. Christopher J.C. Fernandez, Specialist Dwayne W. Flores, Sgt. Brian Leon Guerrero, and; Sgt. Samson A. Mora for having given their lives and paying the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom.
Maj. Gen. Esther J.C. Aguigui, Adjutant General of the Guam National Guard said during the ceremony, “To the Aguon, Ferejan, Fernandez, Flores, Leon Guerrero, and Mora families, ladies and gentlemen, I am deeply honored standing with you commemorating the sacrifices of these soldiers who have laid down their lives in service of this nation.”
Aguigui added; “I would like to take a moment and acknowledge any of those among us who have lost a loved one in the line of duty to this country. It doesn’t matter how much time has passed no words of condolence can even begin to adequately console a survivor’s grief let me just say that I have the greatest respect and appreciation for the contributions and the sacrifice.”
Flags were lowered to half staff, and the sounds of gunfire rang out as these soldiers were remembered. Aguigui joined hands with the family members of these six fallen heroes in a moment of solidarity, a sign that these men sacrifice will never be forgotten.
“Every Friday before Memorial Day, we find ourselves reflecting on these soldiers who so bravely risked life and limb in the face of grave danger. We remember how they left the comforts of home to fight for us and our freedom but never returned one day to trade this title of a soldier to veteran. We mourned our brothers in arms the day they left us, and we mourn them now,” Aguigui said.
We here at PNC thank every person who has paid the ultimate sacrifice and those who have served to ensure our freedoms.