STATEHOUSE- Rep. Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven) 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.
"We should never forget the sacrifice these soldiers and families have made since 9/11," said Rep. Pond. "We should all be grateful for those who fought and still fight for our safety and security."
Rep. Pond represents parts of Allen and DeKalb counties. The names of eight soldiers from these Indiana counties were read to the House.
Army National Guard Cpl. Matthew A. Commons, age 21. Matthew gave his life on March 4, 2002, in
Army Spc. Brian H. Penisten, age 28. Kyle gave his life on Nov. 2, 2003, in Iraq.
Army National Guard Spc. Donald R. McCune, age 20. Donald gave his life on Aug. 5, 2004, in Iraq.
Army Cpl. Jonathan F. Blair, age 21. Jonathan gave his life on Nov. 19, 2005, in Iraq.
Marine Lance Cpl. David J. GramesSanchez, age 22. David gave his life on May 11, 2006, in Iraq.
Army Pfc. Richard P. Langenbrunner, age 19. Richard gave his life on April 17, 2007, Iraq.
Army Cpl. Ryan A. Woodward, age 22. Ryan gave his life on Sept. 8, 2007, in Iraq.
Army National Guard Spc. James M. Clay, age 25. James gave his life on Nov. 13, 2008, in Iraq.
The resolution concluded with the ceremonial playing of taps.