County remembers fallen heroes

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The three bronze busts of Marshall County's fallen heroes are now located in the lobby of the Courthouse Annex. From left, Golczynski, Hierholzer, and Nunes.

Family members of Marshall County's fallen heroes were presented with fiberglass replicas of the bronze busts that commemorate their loved ones in a simple ceremony last week.

In the lobby of the Courthouse Annex, Ed Magee, Operation Never Forget project director and commandant of the Marine Corps League, addressed a small crowd.

"I'd like to thank the residents of Marshall County. Without them we could not have done this. Marshall County is the first county in the United States that has all its fallen heroes honored," he said.

Magee explained that the fiberglass replicas of the bronze busts are exactly the same - except that they weigh about 90 pounds less, and cannot be displayed outdoors.

The fiberglass version of the bust of Staff Sgt. Marcus A. Golczynski is already on display at the Marines' reserve center in Nashville, where the Marines see it when they go to train.

Barry White, Marshall County president of the First Farmers and Merchants Bank, was recognized for helping with the funding for the stand, which was handcrafted by local artisans, on which the three bronze busts are displayed.

"It gives me goosebumps to see them all together," said Magee. "The whole purpose is to put a face with a name. It makes an impact on the kids coming up."

Tabbetha Wyk, the sister of Staff Sgt. Todd E. Nunes' widow, Christy, accepted the bust for her sister, and Christine Hierholzer and Bill Taylor took the bust of Sgt. David Hierholzer.

Elaine Huffines, the mother of Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski, also attended the ceremony. In an interview 16 months ago, she said that she had thought of "the high school and the courthouse, or City Hall," as possible locations for his bust, but she seemed contented with the way the three heroes are now side by side, looking out onto the square from the lobby of the Courthouse Annex.