Soldier's Sacrifice Continues to Inspire Community

Published 05/08 2013 11:05PM

Updated 05/09 2013 09:39AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Three memorials forever sit just outside St. Joseph City Hall.

They honor three men who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

For Eddie Myers' family, the past eight years still feel as fresh as yesterday.

"You don't actually ever get over it," said Thomas Dick, stepfather to Myers. "There will still be days when we sit on the couch and ball for no reason"

In 2005, Specialist Eddie Myers was killed during the war in Iraq.

As part of the 3rd Infantry Division, he was traveling to pick up new vehicles when the vehicle he was riding turret struck an IED.

Myers was the only one killed in the explosion.

Before that, he served a previous deployment with the 82nd Airborne Division.

He was one of the first to enter Iraq when the war started in 2003.

"The only time I got worried was when I heard on the radio that two people from the 82nd had been killed," said Charlotte Dick, Myers' mother.

Myers came home after that first deployment.

He was only home for a short period for being deployed one more time out to Iraq

"I actually saw the notification officers drive by and I thought they were the people that knock on the door to preach to you," said Charlotte. "And they kept knocking. I could see them in the window of the door and I thought they were police officers. Then I noticed it was military uniforms and I thought Eddie had come back to surprise me again."

It was not until the soldiers asked for her name that she realized what had happened.

During his deployments, it was something Myers' family never worried about too much.

For them, deployments was just a way of life in the family with a rich military history.

"My dad was in Vietnam so to me it was a normal thing," said Charlotte. "Dad came home fine so I didn't worry."

It was Charlotte's father that helped inspire Myers' to follow in his foot steps.

From the age of five, Myers knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life.

"Eddie always wanted to follow in Grandpa's footsteps," said Charlotte, remembering the times her eldest son would sit on her father's lap. "And Eddie would sit there starry-eyed and listen."

It is that starry-eyed boy who continues to inspire his community.

Myers' family continues to remain active in organization like the VFW, the Patriot Guard, and American Gold Star Mothers.

For them, it was a way of healing.

"It's therapeutic," said Charlotte. "You get a hole in your life and you need to fill it with something. I seemed to have latched onto every organization I can find."

In those organizations she is helping others going through the same tragedies.

For them, it is a tribute to the man who paid the ultimate sacrifice to serve his country.

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