Close friends and loved ones gathered at Northbrook Baptist Church in Boiling Springs Saturday evening, to remember the life of a fallen hero.
Marine Private Nolen Ryan Hutchings, or "Ryan" as his friends called him, was killed in Iraq while he was trying to rescue fellow soldiers. He died ten years ago on March 23, 2003.
Hutchings mother was unable to attend the ceremony because she was celebrating the birth of her daughters child. She told 7 On Your Side that she encouraged everyone to celebrate the lives of all soldiers and honor them, each year.
Hutchings picture is on the wall at the Clock Restaurant in Boiling Springs and his photo is on the side of a tow truck at Red's Towing in Spartanburg. Hutchings is also remembered on a sign on Parris Bridge Road in Boiling Springs. His name is printed on a stone at the veterans memorial at Duncan Park in Spartanburg.
Veterans from Post 200 in Boiling Springs and the Spartanburg American Legion were at the ceremony to celebrate Hutchings life and to help with the ceremony. Lew Ballenger from American Legion Post 28 said the events are a lot of work but completely worth it.
Recruitment has been low however, and ceremonies get tiring for the aging veterans who help now. Ballenger and his fellow legion members ask others to become involved if they can. The legion can also offer help for families who wish to hold a ceremony of their own.