Friday, January 21, 2022
Jan. 21, 2022

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Observance to honor Marine killed in action

By , Columbian staff writer

Clark County residents are invited to attend a ceremony honoring a local man who died during his service in Afghanistan as a part of the “Never To Be Forgotten” series.

The Community Military Appreciation Committee is hosting a memorial for U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jason D. Peto, who died from injuries resulting from an explosion in Sangin, Afghanistan. He was transported to the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland where he died on Dec. 7, 2010.

Peto earned various accolades, including two Purple Heart awards, a combat action ribbon, a service deployment ribbon, and other additional medals.

The committee and Patriot Guard Riders will arrive at the Fort Vancouver Barracks at 987 McClellan Road at 11:45 a.m. today.

Peto’s family, friends and those who want to pay their respects will arrive at 12:30 p.m. The ceremony is scheduled to last about an hour.

The memorial series honors the anniversary of the deaths of Clark County soldiers who served overseas since Sept. 11, 2001. The series began in 2018 and hosts memorials every three years.