Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ceremony Honors Fallen Heroes; Hundreds Gathered to Remember and Thank Those Who Served

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ceremony Honors Fallen Heroes; Hundreds Gathered to Remember and Thank Those Who Served

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Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA

The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall of 1,700 names got a little longer this year. The names of four military members who lost their lives while serving their country were added last week.

Hundreds of people gathered on Memorial Day at the wall outside Jacksonville Municipal Stadium to pay tribute to those people who gave their lives for their country.

Family and friends of Army Sgt. Darren Patrick Hubbell Sr., 38; Army Spc. Jeremiah Chaim Hughes, 26; Army Spc. Donald Valentine III, 21; and Petty Officer 1st Class Roderick "Rory" Charles Carnes Jr., 35, were recognized during the ceremony. Veterans, community leaders and residents expressed their gratitude for the sacrifices the men made for their country in the war on terrorism.

"They've played in our little leagues. They've attended our churches. They grew up to be patriots," Mayor John Peyton said about the four men.

Others throughout Northeast Florida also remembered on Monday those who died in battle, whether recently or decades ago.

In Jacksonville, at what's believed to be one of the largest memorial walls for veterans outside of Washington, U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw and Peyton spoke about the sacrifices soldiers have made. Army Spc. Mark Middlebrook also spoke to the crowd about friends, who he called "heroes," he's lost in the past few years.

Then, for each of the service men whose names were added to the wall in time for Memorial Day, a relative or friend spoke.

Valentine was brought up in a military family and wanted to serve his country, said his father, Donald Valentine II.

He said his son wanted to join the Army and serve on the front lines.

"He wanted to make a difference," his father said.

His mother, Anna Valentine, told the Times-Union that the Memorial Day ceremony brought her some comfort, but the pain of losing her son will also be there. …

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