NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) -- Two hometown heroes are now getting the recognition they deserve. A new memorial will be dedicated this weekend for the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Along Norwich's Chelsea Parade those from the city who gave their lives for this country are all remembered.
Army Specialist Jacob Martir and Army First Lt. Keith Heidtman will now take their place alongside those who are honored in Norwich.
"I mean I drive by here all the time now and to know that this is here is going to really really mean a lot to us," said Maureen Ribodoux.
She is Lt. Heidtman's mother.
"We think of Keith every day," she said. "He's our first thought and our last thought."
She worked with the Veterans Committee which brought the Post 9/11 War on Terror Memorial to the city, right across the street from NFA where both soldiers were once students.
"They put their lives on the line for our country and it's only fitting that they be with their brothers," said Bob Murphy, Norwich Area Veterans Council.
"I can't wait to see what it looks like," Robidoux said.
Behind plywood sits a polished granite stone, laser etched on one side is the image of an eagle flying proudly over a globe and the names of the Norwich heroes etched above them.
"We're hoping that these...as we wrap things up in Afghanistan, that these will be the last two names that we have to add to this wall," said Murphy.
However, they did leave room for more names if they need it.
A mother's pain is a mother's pride.
"I just think it's an absolutely heart breakingly wonderful thing to have this for both Keith and Jacob," Robidoux said.
The memorial will be unveiled at the dedication at 6:00 Saturday night. Interestingly enough, the stone was designed by students at Norwich Tech.
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