STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2009) - Rep. David Yarde (R-Garrett) 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 Adjutant General R. Martin Umbarger spoke before the assembly.
"There are no Hoosiers who deserve to be honored more than the ones who gave their lives for our country," said Rep. David Yarde. "Indiana has a great legacy of military service, and the House of Representatives' resolution today is just one small part of the tremendous thankfulness and pride we all feel."
Rep. Yarde represents portions of LaGrange, Noble and DeKalb counties. The names of four soldiers from these three counties were read to the House.
Army Staff Sgt. Kristopher D. Rodgers, age 29. Kristopher gave his life on Aug. 16, 2008, in Afghanistan.
Army Reserves Sgt. Christopher T. Monroe, age 19. Christopher gave his life on Oct. 25, 2005, in Iraq.
Army 1st Lt. Neale M. Shank, age 25. Neale gave his life on March 30, 2007, in Iraq.
Army Spc. Nicholas S. Hartge, age 20. Nicholas gave his life on May 14, 2007, in Iraq.
The resolution concluded with the ceremonial playing of taps.