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Alliance pays tribute to Gold Star families ahead of Memorial Day

ALLIANCE – The Carnation City will pay tribute to two Alliance area servicemen who lost their lives as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon.

Mark Hawkins and William Ruth will be honored with a memorial stone at Silver Park’s 9/11 memorial. The stone will be dedicated during a Gold Star Families event at 2 pm May 28.

The event will also recognize 20 servicemen and women from the Alliance area who died in action. Community leaders and family members of several of the fallen servicemembers will speak during the program.

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Remembering Mark Hawkins

Rev. Peggy Hawkins called her youngest son Mark “the peacemaker.”

She remembered how Hawkins would intervene when his three brothers would fight when they were kids. Hawkins also has a daughter.

“He always had a heart like that,” Peggy Hawkins said.

The Alliance native joined the US Navy in 1982. Two of his brothers also served in the military. Peggy Hawkins said Mark always wanted to do good for others.

“So I have made it his career,” she said.

Hawkins survived the USS Cole bombing in October 2000, but sustained injuries that prevented him returning to the water. He was then stationed in Louisiana.

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