(STATEHOUSE) March 24, 2009 - Rep. Matt Bell (R-Avilla) 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 Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard, spoke before the assembly.
"It is always appropriate for the General Assembly to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice," said Rep. Bell. "We thank those who have given their lives for freedom, and we thank their families for helping preserve this environment of liberty."
Rep. Bell represents parts of Allen, Noble, and Whitley counties. The names of soldiers from these Indiana counties were read to the House.
Army Cpl. Matthew A. Commons, 21. Cpl. Commons gave his life on March 4, 2002, in Afghanistan.
Army Spc. Brian H. Penisten, 28. Spc. Penisten gave his life on Nov. 2, 2003, in Iraq.
Army Spc. Donald R. McCune, 20. Spc. McCune gave his life on Aug.5, 2004, in Iraq.
Army Cpl. Jonathan F. Blair, 21. Cpl. Blair gave his life on Nov. 19, 2005, in Iraq.
Army Pfc. Richard P. Langenbrunner, 19. Pfc. Langenbrunner gave his life on April 17, 2007, Iraq.
Army Cpl. Ryan A. Woodward, 22. Cpl. Woodward gave his life on Sept. 8, 2007, in Iraq.
Marine Lance Cpl. David J. Grames Sanchez, 22. Cpl. Grames Sanchez gave his life on May 11, 2006, in Iraq.
Army Spc. James M. Clay, 25. Spc. Clay gave his life on Nov. 13, 2008, in Iraq.
Army Sgt. Christopher T. Monroe, 19. Sgt. Monroe gave his life on Oct. 25, 2005, in Iraq.
Army Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Kimmell, 30. Sgt. Kimmell gave his life on Oct. 11, 2005, in Iraq.
Army 1st Lt. Neale M. Shank, 25. Lt. Shank gave his life on March 30, 2007, in Iraq.
Army Spc. Nicholas S. Hartge, 20. Spc. Hartge gave his life May 14, 2007, in Iraq.
Army Staff Sgt. Stephen G. Martin, 39. Sgt. Martin gave his life July 1, 2004, in Iraq.
The resolution concluded with the ceremonial playing of taps.