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Indiana National Guard bugler, Sgt. Joe Young, 38th Infantry Division Band, plays "Taps" after the Indiana House of Representatives passed a resolution to honor all service members who have died since 2001 during the Global War on Terror at the Indiana State House Tuesday, March 24. Two family members of each fallen service member lined the House and Senate floors during the proceedings for the resolution honoring their sacrifice.

INDIANAPOLIS - Hundreds of family members of fallen Hoosiers filled the Indiana Supreme Courtroom awaiting their turn to join the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate in passing a resolution honoring their loved ones.

"We welcome you and want to thank you. We don't know what it's like.

We don't know how it feels. So it's important for us to put faces with the people who have lost loved ones," said Rep. Woody Burton.

When the time came, the loved ones of service members killed during deployments stood on both floors and in the galleries of the Indiana General Assembly to witness the resolution make history.

"This is a very small show of our appreciation for those of you who have sacrificed so much," said Rep. Dale Grubb.

Both Burton and Grubb spearheaded the resolution for those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who were killed in relation to all deployments.

The main focus of the resolution was on the more recent deployments during the War on Terror.

Indiana Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, was also on hand to show his support and represent the military branches.

"I represent the 12,000 Soldiers and 2,000 Airmen of the Indiana National Guard, but today I'm honored to represent all the branches of the Armed Forces," said Maj. Gen. Umbarger.

"I think some of us wondered if this generation would volunteer in a time of need like prior generations, like the greatest generation. Now we know. Now we know they would, and they do," he added.


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Date Taken:04.01.2009

Date Posted:04.01.2009 10:32

Location:INDIANAPOLIS, IN, USGlobe

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