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November 12, 2012

Monument honors all who served

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The names of 70 other soldiers from the town are listed on each side, with room to add more.

Jackie Raymond, Jared’s mother, called the monument “beautiful” and “breathtaking.”

“It’s nice to see that people still remember,” she said. “A lot of Jared’s friends that are currently serving are on that monument. It’s a nice, close-knit town.”

Jared Raymond was 20 when he was killed by a roadside bomb. His grandmother, Agnes Raymond; his brother, Jimmy; and cousin Jimmy Raymond also attended the ceremony.

Ray Harris, Jennifer’s father, marveled at all the town has done for his family since his daughter, a 28-year-old helicopter pilot, died when her helicopter was shot down just days before she was scheduled to come home.

“This is hard for us,” Ray Harris said, referring to him and his wife, Rosalie, who was also in attendance. “It’s been six years since Jennifer passed away. A lot of people have done a lot for us.”

Burke, the Marine master sergeant, looked over the monument after the ceremony with his grandfather, Joseph Burke. Patrick Burke said his grandfather, who served in World War II, inspired him to join the military.

“I hope the names on the monument will inspire the next generation,” he said.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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