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Hundreds Attend Fort Bragg Memorial Service

Posted July 15, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday morning to bid farewell to eight soldiers killed during a routine training mission. Their Black Hawk helicopter crashed last Tuesday at Fort Bragg.

An estimated 2,000 people attended the Fort Bragg service. There were tears and embraces and many kind words for the eight soldiers who died in Tuesday's crash. All eight served in the elite 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.

The memorial service provided soldiers, family and friends with an opportunity to remember all of them, but also served as a reminder of how everyday missions for all soldiers can be dangerous journeys.

Pfc Vivian Wright says it's something she tries not to think about as she's doing her job.

Spec. Kimberly Todd says all soldiers know that danger is part of the job when you're in the military.

The crash is still under investigation and a definitive answer on the cause will not likely be forthcoming for several months.