Fallen Marines Honored

Harry Chaires
Harry Chaires

KANEOHE (KHNL) - Twenty-three Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment who died in Iraq, were honored Thursday in Kaneohe.

About 120 family members of the fallen, gather with other marines to remember their lost brothers. It's a chance to console one another and create bonds during these difficult times.

"The ceremony this morning that we had here at Kaneohe Bay at the Marine Corp Base was one of the best healing things that we could have had and shared it with the other 22 family members," said Harry Chaires.

Lance Corporal Daniel Chaires was one of the marines killed. His awards and decorations include the global war on Terrorism Service Medal, the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Ribbon.

"Daniel received a shot in the back and it came out and went down and hit his hip bone and ricocheted over and took out, cut his femur artery and he bled to death before they could do anything for him."

For some, time won't completely heal the pain. When you lose a child there might never be closure.

"When I die I will still be just as sad at the loss of my child and the other men and women. I love every one of them in uniform."

While many families cope with their grief, they share one common sentiment. Chaires says that whether you're for or against the war, the men and women who are fighting for our freedom need and deserve our support.

The "Island Warriors" deployed to Iraq last September, and the remaining members of the unit returned to Hawaii last week.

They were honored by the Hawaii State Legislature with the "Hawaii Medal of Honor".