Service members, civilian personnel and family members paid tribute to those who have died serving the nation at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Presidio of Monterey May 23.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, a graduate of the DLIFLC Korean language program in 2008, who was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was memorialized during ceremony by placing his name on plaque. The unveiling of the plaque was carried out by DLIFC Commandant Army Col. David K. Chapman and DLI Alumni Association President Mr. Ben De La Selva. Dickson’s family, spouse Lacie Dickson, daughter Sophie Dickson, and mother- and father-in-law attended the ceremony.
Additionally, family members of six fallen Soldiers attended a Memorial Day reception hosted by the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program. The family members are Gold Star lapelled pin holders which were designed to signify the loss of a loved one in support of the nation. Gold Star and next-of-kin lapel pins are a Department of Defense program.
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Story by Natela Cutter, Mission Public Affairs Michael Beaton, Public Affairs Specialist