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Twenty-nine pairs of boots, representing the 29 Rhode Islanders lost in the Global War on Terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, were on display last Friday and Saturday outside Warwick City Hall. The event served as a prelude to the Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial, which will be staged Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Adams by Operation Stand Down RI. A total of 7,010 pairs of boots – each with an American flag along with a photo of the deceased, their name and how they died – will be on display at that time. Marine Lance Cpl. Holly A. Charette of Cranston, who died June 23, 2005, when a vehicle-borne explosive device detonated near her convoy while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Fallujah – is among those honored in the Warwick display, with the boots pictured above. (Herald photo by John Howell)

boots, Charette

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