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Capt.Acie Hayry, clinical nurse and officer in charge of the operating room at Reynolds Army Community Hospital, adjusts the photo of Maj. Mark Leslie Hayry hanging inside the Hall of Remembrance, which will have its public opening at 9:30 a.m. today inside Building 4700 on Mow-Way Road.

Fort Sill Hall honors fallen soldiers

Survivor Outreach Services will have its public opening of a Hall of Remembrance at Fort Sill dedicated to the memory of fallen soldiers at 9:30 a.m. today in the Soldier and Family Assistance Center on the first floor of Building 4700 on Mow-Way Road.

The hall is located inside the offices of Survivor Outreach Services on the west end of the building. Survivor Outreach Services is a Department of the Army program established in 2009 to assist families of active-duty soldiers who died while in the service of their country as well as Guardsmen and Reservists who died while on active status.

"There are presently 153 service members in the Hall. The eligibility for the Hall was they had to die on active duty, they basically had to be assigned to a unit in Oklahoma or Arkansas, or the family members have to reside in Oklahoma or Arkansas," explained Christy Schrock, Survivor Outreach Services financial counselor.

A private opening was held March 22 for family members of the deceased soldiers, so that they could view the pictures in an intimate setting and spend some time in the hall before it was opened to the community, she said.

"These pictures were all personally chosen by the family members. They didn't have to participate. So, certainly, it's not just a picture up there. It was a treasure of that family member who chose that particular photo for whatever reason, that represented something significant to them. And some of the stories that we've heard, from the process, have been just amazing," Schrock said.

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