NAPLES, Fla.- Collier County residents paid tribute to a local service member killed overseas during a Veterans Day ceremony in Naples' Cambier Park.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Marc Scialdo, who was from Naples, served 11 years as a crew chief. He was doing that job when his black hawk helicopter went down in Afghanistan in March.
Dozens of people came together to pay tribute to that sacrifice Monday. His name was placed on a memorial plaque alongside other local servicemembers killed in the line of duty.
Sgt. Scialdo's family attended the ceremony to see the unveiling of that part of the plaque, and to receive a memorial flag and wreath. His mother, Susan Scialdo, said she is thankful for all of those who came out to honor her son and the Veterans Day holiday.
"My heart is very deep for our country just as my son's was, and we're just very very proud," she said.
This day is also special to the Scialdo family because it would have been Marc and his wife Kara's second wedding anniversary. Kara was not able to attend the ceremony, as previously expected.
Scialdo's last name was misspelled on the plaque, but organizers said the name is a sticker, and that an etcher is expected to correct the error.