Over the weekend, a soccer field in Woodbridge was named for a fallen Marine.
Marine Capt. Brian Letendre, a Potomac High School graduate and avid soccer player was killed while fighting in Iraq in 2006, according to Prince William County Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Dianne Cabot Wahl.
“Brian was killed in the line of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was one of the very first young people that we lost in service – service people that we lost – at the beginning of the war,” said Cabot Wahl.
Letendre, who left behind a wife and young son, was involved with Prince William Soccer, Inc. in his childhood, and the field naming was a way for the organization to honor his service and love of the sport.
After a long approval process, the regulation-size turf field No. 1, which is a part of the Howison Homestead Soccer Complex at 14716 Minnieville Road, was named the Brian Letendre Field.
“The field that [we named] for him was actually one of the fields that he used to practice on,” said Cabot Wahl.
During the dedication ceremony, Prince William Soccer Executive Director Mike Yeatts spoke about Letendre, and American Legion Post 290’s Color Guard performed.
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