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June 30, 2022

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Ceremony to remember fallen Battle Ground Army soldier

By , Columbian staff writer

Community members are invited to honor a local soldier who died during his military service and support his family as a part of the “Never To Be Forgotten” series.

The Patriot Guard Riders and the Community Military Appreciation Committee are concluding its 15-ceremony series with an event for U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Jon Shields. He died on May 31, 2008, when his patrol vehicle came across an Improvised Explosive Device in Jalalabad City, Afghanistan. Shields was 19 years old.

Organizers will arrive at Battle Ground’s War Memorial around noon May 31 at Kiwanis Park, Southwest Third Avenue and Southwest Fourth Street. Family members and other guests will arrive around 12:30 p.m., which will be followed by an hourlong remembrance ceremony.

The memorials honor the anniversary of the deaths of Clark County soldiers who served overseas since Sept. 11, 2001. It began in 2018 and hosts commemoration ceremonies every three years for county residents who died during their military service.

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