Sgt. John "J.D." Meador of Columbia was one of seven soldiers honored in Columbia on Monday at the Fallen Soldiers Ceremony.
The annual event, held at the Palmetto Club in Columbia, recognizes those South Carolina service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in the past year.
The other six South Carolina soldiers who lost their lives:
- Pvt. Barrett Austin of Easley
- Sgt. Channing Hicks of Greer
- Lt. Ryan Rawl of Lexington
- Chief Warrant Officer Curtis Reagan of Summerville
- Pvt. Adam Ross of Lyman
- Sgt. Matthew Thomas of Travelers Rest
Families of those who died were presented a framed certificate from both Houses of the General Assembly, the South Carolina Palmetto State Hero Commendation, and a South Carolina State Flag.
The event was hosted by Sen. Katrina Shealy (R – Lexington) and attended by numerous state officials including State Adjutant General Robert Livingston, State Attorney General Alan Wilson and State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais.