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Lt. Col. James Carter, right, chaplain of the 4th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division – Baghdad, reaches out to touch the memorial plaque honoring 94 soldiers killed during the division’s 15-month deployment in Iraq.

Lt. Col. James Carter, right, chaplain of the 4th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division – Baghdad, reaches out to touch the memorial plaque honoring 94 soldiers killed during the division’s 15-month deployment in Iraq. (Douglas York / U.S. Army)

Lt. Col. James Carter, right, chaplain of the 4th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division – Baghdad, reaches out to touch the memorial plaque honoring 94 soldiers killed during the division’s 15-month deployment in Iraq.

Lt. Col. James Carter, right, chaplain of the 4th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division – Baghdad, reaches out to touch the memorial plaque honoring 94 soldiers killed during the division’s 15-month deployment in Iraq. (Douglas York / U.S. Army)

Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, commander of 4th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division – Baghdad, speaks at the memorial plaque dedication ceremony.

Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, commander of 4th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division – Baghdad, speaks at the memorial plaque dedication ceremony. (Brock Jones / U.S. Army)

Days from ending its 15-month tour in Iraq, the Army’s 4th Infantry Division dedicated a memorial to the 94 Multi-National Division-Baghdad soldiers killed during that time.

The memorial — a wooden plaque bearing small black plates with the fallen’s names engraved in gold letters — was unveiled Tuesday at the division chapel on Camp Victory, officials said.

"You can’t see anything right here, but there are 94 souls here with us," Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, division commander, was quoted as saying at the event. "I can hear them, and here’s what they are telling us: Love more; love better. That’s all: Love more; love better."

After the plaque was unveiled, troops in attendance came forward and honored those whose names were listed.

The traditional military memorial of a helmet, boots, dog tags and rifle was placed next to the plaque. Some touched the names, some bowed their heads.

"These men and women did not fight for glory but to fulfill a duty," Lt. Col. James Carter, division chaplain, was quoted as saying. "They did not yearn to be heroes; they yearned to see mom and dad again. They yearned to hold their sweethearts.

"They yearned to see their sons and daughters grow up. They enjoyed the daily miracle of freedom that is ours in America but yet they gave up those comforts — they gave up that lifestyle — to come here to pay the ultimate sacrifice, to serve and to sacrifice for our nation, to defend our freedoms and to provide something here — a sense of hope, a sense of purpose — for the people of Iraq."

The 4th Infantry Division is being replaced in Baghdad by the 1st Cavalry Division.


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