STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2009) - Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) 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.
"For this resolution, we are really the ones who feel honored," said Rep. Saunders. "I can't tell you what a privilege it is to see hundreds of family members gather to remember the Hoosiers who gave their lives for our country. We are truly grateful and very humbled."
Rep. Saunders represents parts of Henry, Wayne and Randolph counties. The names of four soldiers from these Indiana counties were read to the House.
Army Staff Sgt. Michael A. Bechert, age 24. Michael gave his life on June 14, 2007, in Iraq.
Army Staff Sgt. Frederick L. Miller, age 27. Frederick gave his life on Sept. 20, 2003, in Iraq.
Army Spc. Johnathon A. Lahmann, age 21. Johnathon gave his life on Dec. 10, 2007, in Iraq.
Marine Lance Cpl. Layton B. Crass, age 22. Layton gave his life on June 17, 2008, in Afghanistan.
The resolution concluded with the ceremonial playing of taps.