SPRINGFIELD – A ceremony hosted by the Senate Republican Caucus in the Capitol on Aug. 31 brought together dozens of people to remember and honor the lives lost in Afghanistan and those individuals left behind.
State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) says the “Honoring the Fallen” ceremony noted that Aug. 31 marks the deadline set for pulling American troops out of Afghanistan.
“Americans from all walks of life watched in horror the images of Kabul falling to advancing Taliban forces on Aug. 15, and the days of chaos that followed. The bomb attack on Aug. 26, wounded and killed civilians and U.S. service members, making it the deadliest day for the U.S. military in Afghanistan since 2011,” Stewart said. “Today we are taking a moment to note the end of U.S. involvement in that country’s struggles. We also pause and reflect on the lives of the men and women who served so bravely, especially the sacrifices of those who gave their lives in that service.”
Presenting remarks at the ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda were Leader Dan McConchie and Deputy Leader Sue Rezin.
A moment of silence was observed to honor all of those who have died over the past two decades in Afghanistan.
The ceremony closed with a prayer led by Father Mark Tracy, chaplain in Army National Guard.