Updated: Monday, 06 Aug 2012, 12:09 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 03 Aug 2012, 6:45 PM EDT
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Monday marks the one year since a helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, killing 30 U.S. service members and one military dog.
Former SEAL Scott Taylor remembers the incident well.
"I just knew looking at the helicopter and the amount of people and where it was, I just knew it was our guys," Taylor said.
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All were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom at the time. Twenty-two of the men were SEALs.
"It was obviously a huge tragedy with some really experienced operators," Taylor said.
Taylor was particularly close with Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Kevin Houston .
"He was one of those guys that you could talk to him for about 30 seconds and think that you're his best friend and want him in your life for the rest of your life," said Taylor.
On this one-year anniversary, Taylor is thinking of those lost and those still in harm's way.
"It's a great reminder that freedom isn't free," said Taylor.
As people gather locally and nationally to remember and raise money for the victims' families, Taylor has one request.
"Keep these guys in your prayers while they're over there overseas and fight for our freedoms and continue to remember and make sure that their memories are never lost," Taylor said.
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