STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2009) - Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) today joined the Indiana General Assembly in honoring the families of Indiana soldiers who gave their lives defending their country. Many family members of fallen soldiers who fought in the Middle East conflicts were present.
In a resolution, the Indiana General Assembly offered gratitude and prayers to the families of the 152 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. Following this reading, the names of the soldiers were read and Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard, spoke before the assembly.
"It was a humbling experience to be surrounded by so many of these families," said Rep. Borders. "God's Word tells us that there is no greater love than laying down your life for another.
"These brave soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom and safety deserve our highest honor and praise. Today, we offer their families our gratitude and prayers."
Rep. Borders represents parts of Greene, Sullivan, Vigo and Daviess counties. The names of four soldiers from these Indiana counties were read to the House.
Army Staff Sgt. David L. Loyd, 44. Sgt. Loyd gave his life on Aug. 5, 2003, in Kuwait.
Army Sgt. Kyle W. Childress, 29. Sgt. Childress gave his life on Jan. 24, 2005, in Iraq.
Army Spc. Norman "Kyle" Snyder, 21. Spc. Snyder gave his life on March 26, 2005, in Afghanistan.
Army Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Kimmell, 30. Sgt. Kimmell gave his life on Oct. 11, 2005, in Iraq.
The resolution concluded with the ceremonial playing of taps.