Local Families Remember Fallen Service Members

Posted at 4:45 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 20:31:27-04

Local service members who died in the line of duty were honored on Memorial Day at a ceremony in Smyrna.

Spencer Hawn was just 4-years-old when his father was killed in Iraq.

"His dad gave all for the freedoms we had here today," said Mike Sparks. 

Every day Spencer wears Sergeant Asbury Fred Hawn II's Army tags around his neck. He showed his father's portrait to the crowd at the Memorial Day service in Smyrna. 

"It means a lot. It shows appreciation," Hawn said.

Sergeant William O'Kieff was also remembered at Monday's ceremony.

"My dad was killed in Vietnam in 1970 and through DNA matching we actually finally got his remains back last year so we were able to bring him home," said Dawn O'Kieff.

Even though she never got to say her goodbyes in person, it gave her family a sense of closure.

"Even though it's been 50 years, it's still emotional. It will always be," said O'Kieff.

She buried her father next to her mom and grandparents. She accepted a plaque from Tennessee State Representative Mike Sparks on her family's behalf.

"Your father is not going to be forgotten here, said Sparks.

The ceremony was held in front of a memorial at the Smyrna Town Hall. Service members who died in the line of duty have their names engraved there.