FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- An emotional day on Fort Drum as the 3rd Brigade Combat Team unveils and dedicates a Spartan Statue to those soldiers who didn't make it back home.
Fort Drum Commanding General Mark Milley and 3rd Brigade Commander Colonel Patrick Frank helped uncover the statue. The 3rd Brigade is also known as the Spartans.
A total of 109 soldiers with 3rd BCT have been killed since the War began nearly a decade ago and 38 soldiers died on the last deployment alone.
Every soldier's name was read aloud.
"As we come over and they each see the statue and see the 38 names of the Spartans we lost in Afghanistan, it goes right to the heart of being a soldier. Those are their comrades in arms and this our tribute to honoring their legacy," said Col. Patrick Frank, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team Commander.
The Spartans had been planning for this statue for nearly six years. Funds were raised entirely by Spartan soldiers and their families.