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Gulf War era memorial - pays tribute, teaches life lessons

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:49:50 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 11 2013 11:09:11 PM CST
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

A monument was dedicated to veterans, active and fallen of the Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

While the crowd gathered at 10 a.m. to see the structure on Oak Street, it was the stories within the stone that represent Veteran's Day.

Some of those stories were about loss.

Jennifer Turner, of Red Bluff, lost her husband, Army Sgt. Thomas Turner Jr. in 2006 while he was serving in Iraq.

She spoke to the crowd at the dedication, thanking the community for their support.

"He deserves it so much, just as all the other names and the soldiers that are displayed on this monument," said Turner.

The dedication was about thanking those who have served.

"We're humbled for all veterans past and present," said several members of the Tehama County Marine Corps League.

The ceremony was also about teaching others, as little brother Joe Knickerbocker watched his sister, Sgt. Lela Martinez, play Taps before the crowd.

"I want him to know where his freedom comes from. I want him to appreciate where he lives and the sacrifices that come with it," said Martinez.

Eight-year-old Knickerbocker said he's proud to watch his older sister.

"I feel like she's very, very honored."

Martinez said the monument shows every day service members sacrifice for our country.

"Freedom is still being fought for, even in the modern day.  It's something we will continue to protect."

If you would like to see the monument it's located at 727 Oak Street between the Tehama County Administration building the Red Bluff Veterans Hall.