Lynchburg, VA - The American Legion says Saturday was the culmination of years of planning and a celebration to remember those in the area who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the War On Terror.
The room was full of veterans and their families as a service was conducted in the memory of those who died while serving the country. Their names were read, moments of silence were observed while taps played.
The turnout was to commemorate the bronze Global War on Terror Memorial Plaque that was dedicated Saturday. The plaque is outside of the American Legion Post 16 in Lynchburg. It holds the names of the 13 who have died from Lynchburg and the surrounding areas in the War on Terror. For the American Legion, it serves as a token of their appreciation and is also a physical reminder, so they will never forget the names of those lost.
"[It's] something to honor them for their loss, but yet would be for their remembrance. Thinking about their names, you see them out there listed. You know, read their names, their ranks, the day of their death, and you'll reflect back on who they are, what families they are from and just say hey, American Legion, we're a very proud veterans organization and we want to make sure they are not forgotten," said Steve Bozeman.
The plaque has space for 24 names. It was said in the service that they hope to never have to add another one.