STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2009) - Rep. P. Eric Turner (R-Marion) and the Indiana House of Representatives today honored the bravery and sacrifice of Hoosiers killed in the war against terrorism.
The names of 152 soldiers, sailors and Marines were read from the podium in the presence of the full House and members of the fallen Hoosiers' families.
"What a humbling experience it is to think about the devotion of these men and women and the sacrifices they made," said Rep. Turner. "They gave their blood and life's breath to fight terrorism, to battle the face of evil. They also freely gave their lives to spread the idea of liberty.
"We honor them today in the Statehouse, but we must continue to honor them far beyond the Statehouse, in our lives and in the ideals this country is willing to hold dear and fight for."
Rep. Turner represents parts of Grant, Miami, Howard, Tipton and Hamilton counties. The names of these soldiers from those counties were read to the House:
In its resolution, the General Assembly offered gratitude, praise and prayers to the families of the fallen men and women from Indiana. As part of the ceremony, the families were invited into the House chamber for the reading of the resolution.
Among the speakers was Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, adjutant general of the Indiana Army National Guard, who also praised the fallen heroes.
The resolution ceremony concluded with the playing of taps. -30-