The 4th Infantry Division Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial was rededicated Wednesday.

The 4th Infantry Division Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial was rededicated Wednesday. (Michael Molinaro / Courtesy U.S. Army)

The 4th Infantry Division has rededicated its monument to soldiers killed under the division’s banner in Iraq, adding 235 names of soldiers and Marines who died in its most recent deployment.

The Wednesday ceremony at Cameron Field, on Fort Hood, Texas, was tinged with “a sense of loss, a sense of patriotic pride, a sense of humility and respect, a sense of honor,” Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, the division commander, told the crowd.

Officially known as the Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial Monument — but also called the Wall of Honor — the memorial was first dedicated on Sept. 2, 2004, following the division’s return from its first deployment. At that time, the names of 83 Ivy Division soldiers, along with one civilian employee, were etched into the monument.

During the second deployment, which took most of 2006 and saw the division in Baghdad, 232 soldiers and three Marines died.

“Nothing can replace your loss, but know in your soul — your sons and daughters left this Earth pursuing freedom and protecting others,” Hammond told family members and friends in attendance.

The memorial was funded by individuals and businesses in the community, officials said.

A couple that became known as the “Shine Team” — Bill and Jean Shine, their neighbors and their contacts — contributed about one-third of the funds, officials said.

Scott Cospers, a contractor from Killeen who built the original memorial, donated labor and materials for the expansion, along with other contractors.

The 4th ID headquarters is scheduled to return to Iraq in December, along with some 4,000 troops of the 4th Brigade Combat Team.

When the headquarters returns from Iraq, it is slated to move to Fort Carson, Colo. The memorial, however, will stay at Fort Hood, officials said.

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