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Event honors soldiers at Marathon Park


Soldiers serving in the 428th Engineer Company were honored at Marathon Park Sunday morning. Members work overseas and clear roadside bombs in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Veteran Jack Horak served for 37 years.

"I commanded them for three years, went to the Battalion staff for a year, came back and commanded for two and a half more years," said Horak.

Horak said fighting for our country is life changing. He attended the ceremony to thank those who have also sacrificed.

"To continue going and get the job done, is outstanding," said Horak.

Current and former members of the 428th Engineer Company were honored in Marathon Park.

One of the members, Spc. Justin Lane, lost both of his legs after his last tour in Afghanistan. He said he now approaches life differently.

"Slowly, much slower than I used to," said Lane.

Lane said if he could, he would enlist again.

"If I would've been able to keep my full left leg and just have this amputation, I would still be in the Army," said Lane.

But, he said reconnecting with others who have also spent time at war, helps soldiers like him move forward.

"You're very close with all your soldiers, it's like having your best friends around you all the time," said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hoffman.

Whether deployed or at home, these soldiers still recognize and face challenges together, providing support and encouragement.

"I think the community has to recognize the sacrifice that these warrior citizens made," said Horak.

Giving them recognition for their service and their sacrifice.

More than 100 people attended Sunday's event.

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