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Monument unveiled in honor of the 890th Engineer Battalion

By Jessica Bowman – email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A monument was dedicated to members of the 890th Engineer Battalion at the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Gulfport on Sunday.

Soldiers along with many others came out for the ceremony.

Speaker said, "This monument is dedicated to their courage and the bravery during Operation Iraqi Freedom."

First Sgt. Michael Weaver said, "It's a great honor to have my name placed along with them."

Sgt. E-5 Kajanuary Hodge said, "It makes me very proud everyday that I walk into the building I get to see my name and the people that I served with."

Sgt. Kajanuary Hodge said the granite monument stands tall, representing Soldiers of the 890th Engineer Battalion who served in Iraq.

"I served over-seas from '08 through '09 and we were located in Baghdad," said Sgt. Kajanuary Hodge.

First Sgt. Michael Weaver said, "It's an honor to serve over their simply because you're doing something good not only for this country but you're helping people over there."

Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Joe Hargett said this permanent fixture represents the three most important things that the unit needs to be successful during combat.

"First, it represents the service of the Soldiers, secondly, it represents the loyalty and sacrifices of many family members at home and thirdly, it represents the commitment of the community," said Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Joe Hargett.

Some of the Soldiers with the 890th deployed in 2003 and once again in 2008.

Maj. Gen. William Freeman said, "They left Iraq a better place and we're just so proud of them and what the 890th means not only to this community but to the entire Gulf Coast."

Names from the Headquarters Support Company, Forward Support Company and the 231st Survey and Design are all listed on the monument.

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