Fallen Virginians remembered on Memorial Day

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    Virginia National Guard Soldiers who died while serving overseas in the Global War on Terror were remembered along with 263 fellow Virginians during the Commonwealth's Memorial Day Ceremony held May 28 at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. About 20 Members of the Virginia Defense Force volunteered their time to assist with traffic control for the event, and approximately 15 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen volunteered as members of the joint color guard and escorts for family members of fallen military personnel. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, placed a memorial wreath at the Eternal Flame in the Shrine of Memory to honor the Virginia National Guard. Since September 11, 2001, more than 14,000 Soldiers and Airmen have mobilized for federal active duty in support of homeland security missions and the Global War on Terror. During that time, 10 Soldiers have lost their lives to hostile enemy action. The 2012 Commonwealth's Memorial Day Ceremony incorporates the Wall of Honor ceremony which was previously held at the State Capitol. The Wall of Honor recognizes those Virginians who lost their lives in the Global War on Terror. The Wall of Honor commemorative plaques will be on public display at the Virginia War Memorial through the middle of June. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia Department of Military Affairs)

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