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Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 12:25am
EL PASO TX — Friends, family and fellow soldiers gathered Friday night at Fort Bliss to remember their loved ones.
The Fort Bliss Survivor Outreach Services group put together the event called A Day of Remembrance and the theme a night of love.
Pink and red balloons fill the room in celebration of Valentine's day, but more importantly a celebration of lives lost serving our country.
Vanessa Galvan, a soldier at Fort Bliss came to remember her cousin Jesse who was killed in Iraq in 2006. His picture on the wall, one of many photos of fallen soldiers.
"Not necessarily, that we haven't found closure but it brings peace of mind to know that their memory is still honored throughout the years," said Galvan.
Megan Koutroubas lost her husband Jason in Iraq years ago.
"Seeing all these people that are actually here to remember somebody that they love in the army is actually comforting me," said Koutroubas.
Her husband's memory lives on in a special way in her daughter Mara.
"Everyday I'm glad I have her because she looks just like him," said Koutroubas.
The Loeza family still feeling the fresh loss of their beloved son and brother who died in combat last May, says the healing will take a lifetime.
"He's a hero. I do thank him and I thank every soldier. I work here at Fort Bliss so I understand what a soldier does, he sacrificed his life,” said Loeza.
With balloons in hand, and love notes attached everyone headed outside to a candlelit gathering spot and released their balloons as way to find closure and peace and a way to say goodbye to their valentine.
Friday was the second annual Day of Remembrance and will continue every year to give honor, provide comfort and strength to the military community.