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Supporters honor fallen soldiers at vigil

Dozens of vigil attendees wrote notes of thanks and support for the families of the three fallen soldiers who were members of the Minnesota National Guard 34th Red Bull Infantry Division.

American flags and yellow ribbons were not in short supply at the Veterans Memorial in Stillwater Sunday evening where a few hundred military supporters gathered to show their silent respect for the three Minnesota National Guard soldiers killed Thursday during an attack near their base in Iraq.

Some family members and friends of Dan Drevnick, of Woodbury, Carlos Wilcox, of Cottage Grove, and James Wertish, of Olivia, also attended the event that the Yellow Ribbon Network of Washington County organized in about 48-hours after the public learned of the deaths of the three members of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division.

The soldiers unit was based in Stillwater, and the vigil took place at the Veterans Memorial, just a few blocks away from the downtown National Guard Armory.

At the event supporters kept a moment of silence for the fallen soldiers and then a few members of the community spoke about the sacrifice each of the soldiers made during their service to their country.

Members of the Woodbury American Legion and VFW were also on hand to support the family and friends of Drevnick, a 2005 Woodbury High School graduate.

More on the vigil for the fallen soldiers will be available in the Wednesday July, 22 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin and the South Washington County Bulletin.