East Texas Company Honors Fallen Soldier

Private First Class Aaron Mark Hudson of Dallas, was killed last year while serving in Iraq. He was only 20-years-old. Aaron's uncle lives and works in Tyler. Today his company dedicated a flag pole to honor Aaron and others who gave their lives for our country.

"We were a little surprised when he decided to join, but we backed him," said Mark Hudson, Aaron's family. "It's an honorable profession." Aaron Hudson was a student at TJC before joining the military. It wasn't long before he left for Iraq.

"He made a lot of really close friends," said Mark Hudson. "That's the thing that impressed us the most." Out of 140 soldiers in his unit, Aaron was the only one that was killed. Today, surrounded by Aaron's family, friends and those that never knew him, a flag went up in his memory.

"We are gathered here today in memory of one specific man," said J.R. Martin who helped plan the event. "That young man is Aaron Mark Hudson. A young man who had his entire life ahead of him, but he made a sacrifice to help keep tyranny out of our country." Aaron's Uncle, Lance Hudson, didn't know today's ceremony was planned. His company wanted it to be a surprise.

"It really means a lot, especially everyday when I come to work and I will be able to park right next to it and see it."

"It's obviously an honor," said Mark Hudson. "I have a saying that people like to star in their own movie, well I can't say that anymore. People care. People care about things like this and people that serve in the military." Aaron's family says they hope when people drive by the flag pole, they will not just remember Aaron, but every soldier that risks their life for our country.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com