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Fort Bragg child development center opens in honor of fallen soldier

Posted August 12

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— The dream of a Fort Bragg soldier killed in action came true Friday morning as a new child development center opened on base.

Sgt. Edward Loredo's wife and children unveiled the dedication plaque that will be placed on the center that bears his name.

Loredo was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star after he was killed by a roadside bomb in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan.

"It's an exciting day," said Loredo's wife, Jennifer. "Not only for my family, but for Fort Bragg to finally have a facility like this that families have been asking for, for a very long time."

The center will be a place where soldiers can drop off their children while they go to work out. The Loredo family said it represents who Sgt. Loredo was.

"Fitness and family were his priorities and it just fits really, really nicely together," Jennifer Loredo said.

The center can serve about 30 to 40 children at a time. Fort Bragg planned to build the center about five years ago but it was nearly cut from the budget.

"Although we lost him, I know that he is looking down from heaven and smiling because his name is on a facility that is going to be wrapping its arms around the children of Fort Bragg. I just know that he is proud," Jennifer Loredo said.

The center is now open for business.

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