Memorial Boot Display honors those killed since 9/11 this weekend in Fort Bragg

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) — Fort Bragg honors the fallen with a Memorial Boot display at Hedrick Stadium this weekend.

Volunteers placed about 7,400 boots on the field Friday morning, equal to the number of soldiers who have died since September 11, 2001. Each boot bore a small American flag and a soldier’s military identification.

Erika McCoy is a US Army Soldier and social worker at Fort Bragg. She spent the day volunteering with her five-year-old daughter. They helped erect the boot memorial.

“It’s very important for her to see that there were people before Mama’s time who gave their lives to protect us,” McCoy said.

Charlotte Watson of Fort Bragg Survivor Outreach Services said she looks forward to further planning of the memorial and its significance.

“Each boot represents a person,” said Watson. “A person who served our country and lost their life either in war, in a training accident, suicide or disease.”

This emotional display returns for the first time since 2019. COVID-19 restrictions have canceled them for the past two years. It has been a tradition of Fort Bragg’s SOS since 2014.

The memorial begins a weekend honoring the fallen at Fort Bragg. A Remember 5k will be held at Hedrick Stadium on Saturday, honoring Department of Defense servicemen, their families and civilians. You are all invited to take part in the events.

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