Virginia’s fallen honored and remembered on Memorial Day

 

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, and his wife Diane place the Commonwealth of Virginia memorial wreath at the Eternal Flame in the Shrine of Memory at the 2014 Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony May 26, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. Va. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, and his wife Diane place the Commonwealth of Virginia memorial wreath at the Eternal Flame in the Shrine of Memory at the 2014 Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony May 26, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. Va. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers who gave their lives in service to the United States of America were honored along with other fallen Virginians at the 2014 Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony May 26, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. The names of six Virginians added to the Wall of Honor were read during the ceremony, joining 290 fellow citizens of the commonwealth remembered on the wall, including Virginia National Guard Soldiers lost to hostile enemy action since September 11, 2001.

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, and his wife Diane placed the Commonwealth of Virginia memorial wreath at the Eternal Flame in the Shrine of Memory, and Brig. Gen. Wayne Wright, director of the Joint Staff, placed the wreath honoring the Virginia National Guard.

More than 25 members of the Virginia Defense Force volunteered their time to assist with traffic control.

The following Virginia Guard Soldiers were lost to hostile enemy action since September 11, 2001:

Staff Sgt. Craig W. Cherry, 39, of Winchester, Va., and Sgt. Bobby E. Beasley, 36, of Inwood, W.Va., died on Aug. 7, 2004, in Ghazikel, Afghanistan, when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. Both Soldiers were assigned to the Army National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 29th Infantry Division, Winchester, Va.

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Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason, 20, of King George, Va., and Sgt. David A. Ruhren, 20, of Stafford, Va., died Dec. 21, 2004, in Mosul, Iraq, when their dining facility was attacked. Both were assigned to the Army National Guard’s 276th Engineer Battalion, West Point, Va.

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Col. Paul M. Kelly, 45, of Stafford, Va., and Sgt. 1st Darryl D. Booker, 37, of Midlothian, Va., died in Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 20, 2007, when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter they were in crashed. Kelly was assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters of the Virginia Army National Guard in Blackstone, Va., and Booker was assigned to the 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard, Sandston, Va.

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Sgt. David E. Lambert, 39, of Cedar Bluff, Va., died Oct. 26, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 237th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command of the Virginia National Guard.

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Sgt. Derek R. Banks, 24, of Newport News, Va., died Nov. 14, 2007, in San Antonio of wounds suffered Oct. 25 in Baghdad, Iraq, when the vehicle he was in struck an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 237th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command, Virginia National Guard, West Point, Va.

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Staff Sgt. Jeremiah E. McNeal, 23, of Norfolk, Va., died April 6, 2008, in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 237th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command, Virginia Army National Guard, West Point, Va.

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Sgt. Jesse A. Ault, 28, of Dublin, Va., died April 9, 2008, in Baghdad, Iraq, from wounds suffered in Tunnis, Iraq, when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 429th Brigade Support Battalion, Virginia Army National Guard, Roanoke, Va.

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