Sunday, November 9, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials will honor two Gwinnettians who died in Operation Enduring Freedom at a ceremony Veterans Day.
At a 1 p.m. observance Tuesday, officials and the public will commemorate Army Cpl. Jonathan Ryan Ayers, 24, of Snellville, and Navy Cryptologic Technician Third Class Petty Officer Matthew James O'Bryant, 22, of Duluth. The men's names will be added to the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.
Ayers died July 13 in Afghanistan along with eight other soldiers in his unit, when the group was attacked by 500 insurgents, attempting to overrun a newly built Army outpost.
He was a Shiloh High School grad, who is credited with saving many of his comrades due to his brave actions.
O'Bryant, a Theodore, Ala., native who lived in Duluth while attending the Art Institute of Atlanta and married his high school sweetheart Bridgett at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, died Sept. 20, when a suicide bomber attacked the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, killing more than 50 people.
Ayers and O'Bryant are the 16th and 17th local casualties to be added to the memorial under the heading of "Global War on Terrorism."
SideBar: If You Go
What: Veteran's Day ceremony
When: 1 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Fallen Heroes Memorial, Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville