Brush Mountain hike to honor Audie Murphy

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CRAIG Co., Va. (WDBJ7) Remembering one of the most-decorated soldiers of World War II is the focus of an event this weekend.

Saturday morning, The Torch Club of the Roanoke Valley and several other groups are planning a hike to the monument on Brush Mountain honoring Audie Murphy.

Murphy died in a plane crash there in 1971. The ceremony will include a wreath-laying and Civil Air Patrol flyover, weather permitting.

Ricki McKinney is with the Fort Lewis Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

"He received practically every award you could possibly have received for his service during World War II," McKinney told WDBJ7, "including the Medal of Honor."

The hike will leave Saturday morning at 10 from the trailhead on Brush Mountain Road.

The Torch Club of the Roanoke Valley will also host a program on December 4, about the search for Audie Murphy's plane in May 1971.

The program will begin at 6 p.m.at Christ Lutheran Church at 2011 Brandon Avenue.

If you're interested in attending, organizers ask you to RSVP by November 23 to avhack@aol.com. Include your name, number attending and a contact number.