HIGHLANDS, N.Y. -- Glenda Hyde had her right hand tattooed on Jan. 25, the day her son would have turned 25.
It's his name, in his handwriting. "It's for life," she said.
First Lt. Daniel B. Hyde arrived at West Point from Modesto in 2003.
By his 2007 graduation, Hyde was near the top of his class and served as a regimental commander for the Corps of Cadets. He went on to earn his Ranger tab and airborne qualification.
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Hyde was deployed to Iraq in October 2008 and served as a platoon leader in the Army's 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team in the 25th Infantry Division out of Hawaii.
On March 7, 2009, Hyde was killed on patrol in Samarra when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the vehicle in which he was riding.
Sunday evening at Camp Buckner, West Point wrapped up its first Hyde Challenge -- named in honor of Daniel -- capping six weeks of basic training for the Class of 2014.
More than 1,300 cadets spent four days testing their skills in marksmanship, medical training and other tasks.
They even had to climb a mountain. At the top was a memorial to Daniel Hyde. There the cadets met Glenda Hyde, her husband, Brian, and Daniel's sister, Andrea.
That's where Daniel Hyde's sacrifice, and the similar dangers these cadets face four years from now, hit home.
"It's more realistic for me than it was before," said Cadet Matthew Abreu, a member of the squad that won the challenge.
Basic training is over. Before the sun rose Monday, members of the Class of 2014 started their 12-mile march back from Camp Buckner to base, and the start of their West Point experience.
Glenda Hyde will head back to California, missing her son but comforted by the constant support of his comrades, as well as the new West Point tradition that carries his name.
"I felt like I lost one kid and gained about 20 sons," she said. "That's one of the gifts Daniel left us."