STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2009) - Rep. Ralph M. Foley (R-Martinsville) today joined the Indiana General Assembly in honoring the families of Indiana soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice defending their country, especially those fighting the war on terrorism.
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 Major General R. Martin Umbarger spoke before the assembly.
"Today, the House passed a resolution honoring the families who have lost loved ones in overseas combat since the 2001 terrorist attacks," said Rep. Foley. "It was an honor to play a small part in the ceremony, one that I will never forget. Seeing all those families makes one feel the weight of the sacrifices made by Hoosiers. We cannot ever fully imagine the pain and loss these families feel, but today we offer our heartfelt gratitude and prayers."
Rep. Foley represents parts of Morgan, Johnson, and Hendricks counties. The names of eight soldiers from these counties were read to the House.
The resolution concluded with the ceremonial playing of taps.