STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2009) - Reps. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) and Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) 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 Umbargerspoke before the assembly.
"I felt truly honored to take part in today's ceremonies," said Rep. Cherry. "Giving praise to the friends and families of fallen Hoosier soldiers was a great honor. I have the utmost respect for all soldiers that serve and lead this great country, and I share my deepest condolences to these families for their loss."
"I'd like to offer sincere thanks to the countless men and women who have served our country," said Rep. Eberhart. "Today, we had a stark reminder of their sacrifices and how we need to keep these soldiers' families in our thoughts and prayers."
Reps. Cherry and Eberhart both represent parts of Shelby County. The names of three soldiers from Shelby County were read to the House.
Army Pvt. Shawn D. Pahnke, age 25. Shawn gave his life on June 16, 2003, in Iraq.
Army Sgt. Jeremy R. Wright, age 31. Jeremy gave his life on Jan. 3, 2005, in Afghanistan.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, age 33. Marcus gave his life on June 28, 2005, in Afghanistan.
The resolution concluded with the ceremonial playing of taps.