Soldier, kids place American flag at Hammond memorial
HAMMOND - A makeshift memorial has grown along the fence of the National Guard base here.
Monday, the American flags, wreaths, signs and notes had grown substantially since Friday. Among the new additions was a flag, hung by a soldier and his children.
The solemn moment of respect was captured on cell phone video and shared with WBRZ. It shows a man in fatigues, hanging the flag with his children.
The flag flew in Iraq when the guard unit was stationed there.
The names of the four Hammond-based soldiers who were killed when there Black Hawk crashed off the coast of Florida were released Monday. The names of seven Marines who were also on board were released last week.
The bodies of the dead have been transferred to a military base in Dover, Delaware, the Pensacola newspaper reported Monday.
Salvage operations continue in the sound where the helicopter went down last week. A preliminary investigation could take two to three weeks. A more thorough investigation will take longer, the paper reported.
Friday, crews were able to hoist the mangled main rotor blades from under the surface of the water. The Black Hawk crashed, fell apart and pieces sank in about 25 feet of water.
Funeral arrangements have not been released.
You can watch a video clip of the placement of the flag on the fence by watching the attached news report.
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