Norman, Okla. - It was a somber day in Norman last week as Oklahoma's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team dedicated a new memorial to their fallen comrades.
A cloth was pulled away to show 18 shadow boxes, each one dedicated to the 18 members of the 45th, who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"And these people have paid with their lives," said Gen. Myles Deering. "You have paid by the loss of your loved ones. And I want my soldiers to understand... for FUTURE soldiers to understand... what that really means."
Friends and family joined hundreds of current and former personnel to pay their respects.
"It's good to know that they're going to help remember my husband's life so maybe one day I can bring my kids up here and they can see how much people remember their dad too," said Surana Prince whose husband, Mycal, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.
The memorial has been in the works for two years.
Each shadow box contains an official photo, a hometown photo, their unit crest and a battlefield biography.
Those honored in the memorial are:
Sgt. Buddy Hughie, 25, of Poteau, Okla., died Feb. 19, 2007
2nd Lt. Jered W. Ewy, 33, of Edmond, Okla., died July 29, 2011
Spc. Augustus J. Vicari, 22, of Broken Arrow, Okla., died July 29, 2011
Staff Sgt. Kirk A. Owens, 37, of Sapulpa, Okla., died Aug. 2, 2011
Sgt. Anthony Peterson, 24, of Chelsea, Okla., died Aug. 4, 2011
2nd Lt. Joe L. Cunningham, 27, of Kingston, Okla., died Aug. 13, 2011
1st Lt. Damon T. Leehan, 30, of Moore, Okla., died Aug. 14, 2011
Spc. Joshua Seals, 21, of Porter, Okla., died Aug. 16, 2011
Spc. Christopher D. Horton, 26, of Collinsville, Okla., died Sept. 9, 2011
Sgt. Bret D. Isenhower, 26, of Seminole, Okla., died Sept. 9, 2011
Pfc. Tony Potter, Jr., 20, of Okmulgee, Okla., died Sept. 9, 2011
Sgt. Mycal L. Prince, 28, of Minco, Okla., died Sept. 15, 2011
Spc. Francisco J. Briseno-Alvarez, Jr., 27, of Oklahoma City, died Sept. 25, 2011
Spc. Sarina N. Butcher, 19, of Checotah, Okla., died Nov. 1, 2011
Sgt. Christopher D. Gailey, 26, of Ochelata, Okla., died Nov. 1, 2011
The memorial also honors member who were killed in earlier conflicts.