Sgt. Kenneth E. Bostic was one of 895 soldiers who were honored last Friday at Nevada’s capital when a memorial listing those who lost their lives while serving their county was unveiled.
The family of the young fallen soldier stood with other Gold Star families who witnessed the event, which was an idea that surface in 2013 after the passage of Senate Bill 420.
The names of the listed served from the time of the Civil War up until the current issues in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Kenneth E. Bostic was only 21 years of age when he was killed on Oct. 30, 2006 by enemy fire in Iraq. He had been assigned to the 204th Military Police Company, 519th Military Police Battalion, 1st Combat Support Brigade out of Fort Polk, La.
“It means a lot to me and my family that something like this memorial exists, it’s just another way to preserve the legacy of the fallen and pass on the memory to future generations,” Hawthorne resident Dwayne Bostic, brother of Kenny told the Independent-News.
In standing with his statement, Dwayne had his family in attendance and his son, Aiden, who never met his Uncle Kenny, was greeted by Governor Brian Sandoval and First Lady Lauralyn McCarthy-Sandoval.
Many veteran organizations gathered on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. to reflect on the lives of those they knew. Some reflect on themselves and the soldier they were once upon a time; others reflected on their buddies they lost and others just attended to honor the men and women who chose to enlist and serve their country.
Nov. 11 almost marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. American soldier, Henry Nicholas John Gunther, only 23 years of age, would be the last soldier killed. He was killed one minute before the Armistice was to take effect at 11 a.m. on that historical day.