Photo courtesy Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce
It was two years ago on Dec. 21 when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying three soldiers from Fort Lewis crashed on Mount Peak during a night training exercise in preparation for deployment to Iraq. A small group of Enumclaw residents gathered Dec. 23 to place a wreath near the crash site in honor of those soldiers who died that night. Inclement weather postponed the original outing. Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce members also plan to send a card and photographs taken from the ceremony to the soldiers’ families. Earlier in the year, a permanent memorial was also erected to honor Chief Warrant Officer James Whitehead, Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Paige and Sgt. Thomas Clarkston at the city of Enumclaw’s Veterans Memorial Park.