REED CITY \u2014 In a room packed full of patriotic families and friends of a fallen soldier stood shoulder-to-shoulder. Melissa Shilling showed the statue \u2014 a battlefield cross \u2014 she and her family raised money for, at the Reed City Depot Community Meeting Room on Saturday. The battlefield cross is a soldier\u2019s rifle between two boots with a helmet on top and will help memorialize Army Spc. Bradley Shilling. Brad was killed Nov. 18, 2006, while serving in southeastern Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. \u201cIt was a bigger turnout than expected,\u201d Melissa said. \u201cIt just proves there are great people in the community and they miss their soldiers too.\u201d Others missing Brad, or their own soldiers, were asked to come and share memories, including Ryan Bansemer, who was a sergeant at the time Brad was killed. \u201cHe always had a smile on his face,\u201d Bansemer said. \u201cHe could be getting in trouble from a senior officer and still be smiling.\u201d The statue was turned over to Reed City officials to be placed in a veterans memorial park when the city builds one. \u201cOriginally, I had asked (officials) to put up a statue for fallen soldiers,\u201d Melissa said. \u201cThat spearheaded conversations about a veterans park.\u201d Reed City Manager Ron Howell said a few locations for the park are being considered. \u201cWhen we do this, we want to do it right,\u201d said Mayor Karen McKinney about creating a park.