Sunday, May 27, 2007
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - Memorial Day will be a somber occasion for three families coping with the recent losses of soldiers in Iraq.
On Monday, county officials will hold a 1 p.m. ceremony to honor the men - Marine Lance Cpl. Stephen F. Johnson, Pfc. Kenneth "Aaron" Kincaid and Army Sgt. Michael Hullender - as their names have been added to the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial.
The memorial, located at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center on Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, honors soldiers with family ties who have fought in wars since the times of Georgia's settlement.
The deaths of Johnson, Kincaid and Hullender bring to 10 the number of military men with Gwinnett ties who have died in the "Global War on Terrorism," as it is labeled on the memorial. A total of 11 soldiers' names have been added since the granite slabs were erected in 2003.
Johnson, 20, died in October during combat operations in Iraq's Al Anbar province, the military said. While Johnson graduated from Pope High School in Marietta, he and his family moved to Dacula not long after his enlistment.
Kincaid. 25, was killed in September in Riyadh when a bomb detonated near his Humvee during combat operations. Kincaid, a father of two, was from Lilburn.
Hullender, 29, was killed in April when he stepped on a bomb in Iskandariyah, about 20 miles south of Baghdad. At the time, the Norcross High School graduate was preparing wounded soldiers for medical air transport.
If You Go
• What: Memorial Day
•When: 1 p.m. Monday
•Where: Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville