Terre Haute, IN - Hundreds of marines, reserve, active duty, combat veterans and their families gathered at the Marine Corp Reserve Center in honor of celebrating two fallen brothers.
Sergeant Brock Babb and Lance Corporal Joshua Hines.
"When we lose anybody, it hurts us to the soul," says former Sergeant Bart Cole. "Especially you know, some of our best are the ones we send overseas I think and it hurts even worse."
The brotherhood of the military is one that can't be replicated.
"Brock was a good friend of mine," says Cole. "And loved him to death and he was a real bad snorer. Alright? And that was kind of annoying at the time but he's a good dude to me."
"I knew both of them personally," says Troy Euclide, retired marine. "And Josh Hines, he's [a] loving father for a short time. Just good, good Americans."
Roughly ten years ago, Lance Corporal Josh Hines and Sergeant Brock Babb paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country losing their lives in Falluja, Iraq.
"We wanted to pay respect to our fallen brothers and the families," says Euclide. "The gold star families."
Saturday's gathering was a celebration of life for these two men.
Sergeant Brock Babb.
Sergeant Brock A. Babb.
Sergeant Brock A. Babb killed in action October 15, 2006, Falluja, Iraq.
Lance Corporal Hines.
Lance Corporal Joshua Hines.
Lance Corporal Joshua M. Hines.
Lance Corporal Joshua M. Hines killed in action October 15, 2006, Falluja, Iraq.
The families of those two men were present, holding a bouquet of flowers.
The ceremonial speeches concluded and the families along with other marines laid Poppies by the statue of the Kilo Company 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines.
"God bless their souls," says Euclide.
The bag pipes played signaling the honor and respect given to these fallen heroes.
This celebration of life was made possible by the Warrior Reunion Foundation.
Click here for personal stories of Sergeant Brock A. Babb.
Click here for personal stories of Lance Corporal Joshua M. Hines.