CHARLOTTE — U.S. flags at half-staff on Memorial Day to honor the millions of men and women who died while serving the country.
“It’s Memorial Day,” U.S. Army veteran Nick Armendariz said. “It’s kind of a sober day. You know, it’s time to reflect, time to honor those buddies that we’ve lost. We all grieve in our own way. I live every day for those buddies we had lost.”
Armendariz, who served from 2006 to 2012, said three soldiers were killed in action in his unit.
“We’ve had several suicides to date and since the Operation Resiliency retreat in 2019, I can tell you that having reestablished that bond, we haven’t had any suicides since then,” he said.
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Armendariz, of Charlotte, was part of the first group to go through Operation Resiliency in 2019.
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