Fallen vets hon­ored at State­house

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PROV­I­DENCE – Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee was joined Wed­nes­day by Gov. Gina M. Rai­mondo, Bri­gadier Gen. Christo­pher P. Cal­la­han, ad­ju­tant gen­eral of Rhode Is­land and com­mand­ing gen­eral of the Rhode Is­land Na­tional Guard, and other state of­fi­cials for the an­nual Re­mem­brance Cer­e­mony at the Rhode Is­land State­house Gar­den of He­roes.

Dig­ni­taries hon­ored Rhode Is­land’s fallen vet­er­ans with a wreath-lay­ing at the Gar­den, which was ded­i­cated in 2005 to Rhode Is­land ser­vice

mem­bers who have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for their coun­try since Septem­ber 11, 2001.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by loved ones of some of the 28 ser­vice men and women hon­ored on the en­graved mon­u­ment in the Gar­den. The Rev. Robert L. Mar­ciano, colonel and chap­lain of the Rhode Is­land Na­tional Guard, presided over a mo­ment of si­lence.

“To­day we stand to­gether and take a mo­ment to honor the Rhode Is­land men and women who served our coun­try bravely,” said McKee. “The lay­ing of this wreath is a re­minder to all who visit the State­house of the coura­geous sac­ri­fice these he­roes have made for our na­tion.”

“The ser­vice men and women we honor to­day put their lives on the line and made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice,” Rai­mondo said. “They rep­re­sent the best of our state: hon­or­able, coura­geous and self­less. To­gether, in their mem­ory, let’s recom­mit our­selves to mak­ing our coun­try, our com­mu­ni­ties and our fam­i­lies stronger so ev­ery­one has a chance to live in peace.”

“It is my sin­cere hope that all Rhode Is­landers pause and re­flect on the true price of free­dom as we lay a wreath to­day in honor of those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice de­fend­ing our val­ues, said Bri­gadier Gen­eral Cal­la­han. May we also re­mem­ber the fam­i­lies of the fallen, who are re­minded daily of the mean­ing of self­less ser­vice.”

The Gar­den was es­tab­lished through leg­is­la­tion in­tro­duced at the re­quest of for­mer Lt. Gov­er­nor Charles J. Fog­a­rty. The Of­fice of the Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor over­sees the con­tin­ued care of the Gar­den as its cus­to­dian.

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The State­house Gar­den of He­roes hon­ors 28 Rhode Is­landers who have died in mil­i­tary ser­vice since Sept. 11, 2001.

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Of­fi­cials and fam­ily mem­bers gather in the State­house Gar­den of He­roes on Wed­nes­day for an an­nual wreath-lay­ing. The event hon­ors the 28 Rhode Is­landers who have died in mil­i­tary ser­vice since Sept. 11, 2001.

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