Memorial service remembers soldiers killed on Fort Jackson
FORT JACKSON, SC (WACH) ---Memories of heroes filled the minds of family, friends, and soldiers inside Fort Jackson Post Chapel Tuesday morning.
Infantry Commander Lieutenant Col. Jason Pieri calls it a day to honor two men who lost their lives earlier this month when a military vehicle hit a group of soldiers at the base.
"When a tragedy like this happens, it really saddens all of us," Pieri said. Words of encouragement filled the ears of those who knew them best.
Private Timothy Ashcraft, a Cincinnati native, came from a family of war veterans and soldiers. Private Ethan Shrader of Prospect Tennessee always dreamed of joining the army.
Chaplain Samuel Siebo with the 2nd Battalion said it offers a time to reflect on memories of the two soldiers.
"The record must reflect the fight that they showed us here on Fort Jackson,” Siebo said to the audience. “In the interest of national security and in support of freedom America enjoys today."
Families and soldiers lined the aisles saluting in appreciation. Holding on to those special moments, saying farewell to two young men they call heroes.
"The memory of this tragic event will fade away into our busy lives,” Siebo said. “But the good news is that the future generations will never forget the Mark Ashcraft and Shrader made here on Fort Jackson."
According to A GoFundMe page set up for Private Hannah New, a military vehicle hauling a water trailer ran into the group of soldiers.