(STATEHOUSE) March 24, 2009 - Rep. Randy Borror (R-Fort Wayne) 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.
"It was humbling to stand in front of Hoosier families whose loved ones sacrificed themselves for our freedom," said Rep. Borror. "I am grateful to those who have died protecting us, and I am proud they are being honored in Statehouse by the 116th General Assembly."
Rep. Borror represents parts of Allen County. These names of soldiers from Allen County 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.
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.
Marine Lance Cpl. David J. GramesSanchez, age 22. David gave his life on May 11, 2006, 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.