Mayor, city council lead day of mourning for 101st soldiers
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Jan 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Approximately 70 Trigg Countians were present when Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey proclaimed Friday as a day of mourning for the 106 soldiers in the 101st Airborne that have perished in Afghanistan and Iraq for the past several years.

Members of the local government bodies, business owners and veterans all stood in front of Cadiz City Hall at 11 a.m. Friday to hear Bailey read the proclamation. Cadiz City Councilor Manuel Brown led the group in a prayer.

“The City of Cadiz wishes to show our love and affection for all the men and women in our armed service,” Bailey said. “The City of Cadiz and its residents wish to announce our feeling of sympathy.”

At the Cadiz City Council’s Tuesday, Jan. 4, meeting, Cadiz resident Harry Todd told city councilors that he wanted the city to honor those in the 101st Airborne, which is based out of Fort Campbell, who have given their lives overseas.

Todd, who at one point was the national president of the 101st Airborne Division Association, said it is very important that Cadiz and Trigg County in particular recognize these fallen heroes, as one-third of all Trigg County land is in Fort Campbell and perhaps one-third of all Trigg Countians work in Fort Campbell.

“They’re our neighbors, and the Bible teaches us that we’re supposed to look after our neighbors,” Todd said. “This is something that touches everyone, not just the people in the immediate families.”

Todd said 2010 was one of the deadliest years for Fort Campbell soldiers since the Vietnam War.

The 101st Airborne was activated in August 1942 in Camp Claiborne, reactivated in 1954 at Fort Jackson, S.C, and was transferred to Fort Campbell in March 1956. Fort Campbell, then designated as Camp Campbell, first opened in 1942.
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