Five Fort Carson soldiers were honored for their service in Iraq Wednesday morning.
The soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division will receive the Purple Heart Medal during a ceremony at Fort Carson's Elkhorn Conference Center. Those honored were Sergeant First Class Christopher Tolle, of 1-68 CAB; Specialist Donald Coddington, of 1-8 INF; Specialist Daniel Watson, of 4-10 CAV; Specialist Brad Griffin, of 4-10 CAV; and Private Timothy Collins, of 4-10 CAV.
Speaking at the ceremony, Major General Guy Swan was visibly choked up as he spoke about the sacrifices soldiers voluntarily make every day to defend our country. Speaking of the 5th anniversary, he asked all of the soldiers in the crowd to raise their hand if they joined the Army after the September 11 attacks. Nearly every soldier raised their hand.
MG Swan told 11 News, " We've been through some difficult times since 9/11 as a nation and yet, to see young people, like the ones we honored today, come forward in a time of war, knowing the risks... it takes a special person."
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces who were wounded in battle by the enemy. It is the oldest medal awarded by the military, beginning its tradition in the Revolutionary War.
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