Warrior Weekend team holds a prayer ceremony in tribute to the 13 service members killed in Afghanistan

The prayer ceremony took place at the Field of Honor

VICTORIA, Texas – Veterans and community members came together at the Warrior Weekend Field of Honor to pay tribute to the 13 service members who were killed at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan on August 26th.

Sixty afghans were also killed in the attack.

The deadly attack took place days before the U.S. planned to leave Afghanistan for good.

The ceremony began with tying purple and black bows to 13 American flags before heading to the Field of Honor.

Afterward, there was a roll call naming the 11 Marines, one Navy Corpsman, and one Soldier who died supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

A short prayer and the playing of taps followed.

Colonel Mike Petrash says this ceremony is more than paying tribute, it’s about honor.

“It’s up to the previous generation to honor the next generation, there was only one name I read off today that was in his 30s, it was a 31-year-old staff Sargeant, everyone else was 25 years and younger,” says Colonel Petrash.

Another event is scheduled at the Field of Honor, Saturday, October 9th in appreciation of first responders on the front lines.