Community remembers fallen soldier, veterans
Billy Cannada Staff Writer
PICKENS COUNTY – Pickens residents showed their support for our nation’s veterans on Monday, thanking those who have served and remembering those lost.
A Veterans Day ceremony to honor service men and women was held at the Pickens High football stadium Monday morning.
That ceremony was followed by a memorial dedication in which community members remembered the life of fallen Army Pfc. Barrett Austin, who died in Afghanistan earlier this year.
Austin’s memorial will remain outside the stadium indefinitely.
Austin, a 20-year-old Easley native, died in April of injuries sustained when his vehicle was attacked by an enemy improvised explosive device in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.
Austin was assigned to the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
He was a 2011 graduate of Pickens High school and was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley.
Austin served as a combat engineer, which is considered by most to be one of the most dangerous jobs on the battlefield.
In the days following his death, Austin was described by those who knew him simply as a good man who would do anything for anybody.
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