Tallahassee Fallen Heroes Remembered

By: Amy Long
By: Amy Long

On July 8, 2010, Private First Class Anthony Simmons was killed in Afghanistan. His brother, also in the Army, was responsible for getting his body home for burial and closure. This Memorial Day, 11 months later, Simmons' mother says it makes her feel good to know her son will never be forgotten.

Not a days goes that Renee Miller does not think of her son. "He would have been really tickled to see the the tribute that was paid for him and Brandon King." says Miller.

On July 8, 2010 Private First Class Anthony Simmons died during his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. "He was just a happy-go-lucky type guy and he would have really enjoyed this." says Miller.

23-Year-old PFC Brandon King, was also killed in the line of duty just six days later. During a tearful Memorial Day ceremony, members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart honored the mothers of the two Tallahassee heroes with a Purple Heart plaque to salute their fallen sons' bravery.

"They played taps, which always tears me up. The prayers were beautiful and several people came up to us afterwards and thanked us for our sons' service. It's just so special to know people care." says Miller.

A picture of King and one of Simmons were added to the Department of Florida's traveling "Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall", which depicts the true price of freedom.

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