Honoring the fallen at Soldiers Reunion

Sgt. Chris W. Eckard, of Hickory, was on his fifth tour in the Middle East when he was stuck by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and killed instantly. Today, the soldier's memory lives on with his mother, Eunice.

“What better way to die, than die for your country,” Eunice recalled to be one of her son's lasting quotes.

Eunice takes the opportunity to honor her son during the week of Soldiers Reunion by carrying a special poster in the parade. The posters have become a part of Newton's week-long celebration through the Fallen Heroes Ministry.

To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.