Tucson High School honors local hero with a memorial - Tucson News Now

Tucson High School honors local hero with a memorial

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A memorial honoring Chris Moon was unveiled at Tucson High School Monday evening. 

Chris Moon was a student athlete at THS. Moon went on to play baseball at the University of Arizona after graduating from THS in 2007. 

After a semester, he decided to join the U.S. Army, giving up college and professional baseball opportunities. 

After three tours, he was killed in 2010 while deployed in Afghanistan.

"We've obviously had to adapt to this new life that has been handed to us. And it's an easy one. Our faith has been right at the forefront of everything and I honestly know where my son is," said Marsha Moon, his mother. 

Moon said this memorial started off as just an idea right after her son's death. She said it's emotional and heart warming to see it come to life almost six years later. 

The memorial depicts Moon as a solider and student athlete. The other side of the memorial is dedicated to all the other THS student athletes who paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

"Humbled and honored for what Tucson High has done for our son. And I think his legacy is going to live on and it's going to be here even when we're gone," Moon said. 

Among those in the audience at the unveiling were those who served with Moon, the men of the 82nd Airborne Division 2-508 Parachute Infantry Regiment. 
Many traveled from all across the country for the chance for to be by his side once more. 

"It just feels like you're standing next to him, and that's the best part about it. He was such a big personality and a big body. You know, it's just nice to be next to him again," said Derek Storjohann.

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