STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2009) - Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) and Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) 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 a stunning ceremony that made all of us a bit emotional," Rep. Richardson said. "It was an awe-inspiring experience to be surrounded by these brave families. I was honored to stand among those adding their support to this important resolution."
"The experience of being surrounded by the families was very humbling," Rep. Torr said. "We can't do enough to honor these men and women or to compensate their families. Still, today we offered them our gratitude and our prayers."
Reps. Richardson and Torr represent parts of Hamilton County. The names of four soldiers from Hamilton County were read to the House.
Army National Guard Sgt. Armand "Luke" Frickey, age 20. Luke gave his life on Jan. 6, 2005, in Iraq.
Army Pfc. Robert W. Murray, age 21. Robert gave his life on April 28, 2005, in Iraq.
Army National Guard Sgt. Gerald J. Cassidy, age 32. Gerald gave his life on Sept. 25, 2007, in Iraq.
Marine Cpl. Donte J. Whitworth, age 21. Donte gave his life on Feb. 28, 2009, in Iraq.
The resolution concluded with the ceremonial playing of taps.