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A memorial service Monday night to honor the life of Specialist Christopher Moon, a former Tucson High School baseball star who died after he stepped on a roadside bomb in Afghanistan earlier this month.
More than a hundred family and friends gathered at Cherry Field in Moon's honor. They chose this spot because this is Tucson High School's home baseball field.
Moon was wounded by a roadside bomb July 6th while conducting a combat patrol in Afghanistan. The 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper died at a hospital in Germany a week later. Tonight, those gathered here for the memorial say they don't want to talk about Moon's death as a tragedy, but rather as a symbol of his courage.
"It's fitting that we patronize guys like that are giving their life right now for the freedoms that we have here to play baseball in the United States of America anytime that we want. So it's fitting that he's definitely having this here at Cherry Field," says Tucson High Baseball Coach Oscar Romero.
Some of Moon's friends came up with the idea to paint his initials on the mound. As well as to put his number out in center field, which is one of the positions he played at Tucson High.