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Honoring Spc. Cody Patterson

Cody PattersonCORVALLIS, Ore. — Monday was a special day for the family of fallen Philomath soldier Army Specialist Cody Patterson.

Patterson was 24 years old when he was killed in Afghanistan in October. On Monday, as part of the 16th annual Benton County Veterans Memorial at the National Guard Armory, Patterson’s family unveiled his name on the Wall of Honor.

Patterson’s family says though the moment was special, it is important to honor all of those who have served in the military.

“It means a lot to me and it means a lot to our family,” said Elijah Williams, Patterson’s older brother. “I know if Cody was here right now he would want us to be representing all of the names – he wouldn’t want just his name represented because that’s the kind of guy he was. So we’re all here today to represent all of the fallen soldiers and the people who paid the ultimate price.”

The annual ceremony honored not only vets in Benton County, but all Americans who have served or are currently serving.

“There were soldiers before Cody; there were soldiers after Cody that died,” Williams said. “And Cody was my little brother so of course he was the most important to me, but they’re all important to all of us in their own way.”

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