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May 13, 2014

Memorial dedicated at courthouse

PRYOR, OK — An estimated 300 people made a show of support at the Mayes County Courthouse Saturday. The ceremony, hosted by Pryor’s American Legion, was to unveil a memorial statue in Kyle Brinlee’s honor.

Sgt. Kyle Brinlee, Pryor, was the first member of the Oklahoma National Guard to be killed in action in Iraq. He died May 11, 2004.

After Pryor’s Thunderbird Youth Academy presented the colors, Mayor Jimmy Tramel said it’s things like this that make him proud to be an American and proud to be a Pryorite.

“There aren’t new thoughts to be thought or new words to be spoken,” said Rep. Ben Sherrer to the crowd of family, friends, fellow servicemen and patriotic supporters. “What we’re doing today is something to help us all remember. This sergeant lost his life in a place of disorder, while the monument stands in our place of order.”

Sherrer said the memorial will serve as a daily reminder that all the freedoms in America are not free.

Other guest speakers said the show of support Saturday, with cars pulling off the road to allow for the Guard Dogs motorcycle group and citzens coming out of their businesses and homes to pay respect, mirrors the day of Brinlee’s funeral service.

“The day we’re lost in battle is the day to mourn, the day to memorialize is every day after,” said Sparky Gibson, who read Brinlees biography which described his life, death, and legacy.

The weekend memorial unveiling marked the 10 year anniversary of Brinlee’s death.

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