TIMONIUM, Md. (WJZ) — Millions of people around the nation are taking time to stop and honor veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. At Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, they’re paying special tribute to soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since last year.
Pat Warren reports, nine new names have been added to receive this bittersweet honor.
Because they cared, they served.
“Sergeant Vogeler was serving his 12th with five previous to Iraq and seven to Afghanistan,” said Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.
“He was described as the quintessential Ranger, a hero to our nation, the army and his family,” said Brown, about another man.
And because they served, they died.
Nine names were called Monday. Nine lives were honored. Those nine men and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past year joined the Circle of Immortals at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Their families, from Frederick, Catonsville, Silver Spring, Waldorf, Frostburg, Hagerstown, Westminster and Baltimore, received Maryland’s and this country’s gratitude.
“It’s a great honor to receive this and we miss our son. He was taking care of country and he loved our country and he loved helping other people,” Sergeant Lance Vogeler’s mother, Donna, said.
“It’s a day we honor those who gave their lives so we may freely live and enjoy ours,” said Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. “The moral there reminds us of the true meaning of sacrifice. These are the men and women who crazily said, ‘Send me. I will go,’ when others could not or would not. Men and women who understood by going they might never return to their loved ones.”
Maryland remembers Corporal Kurt Shea, Sgt. John Burner III, Navy Lt. Seal Brendan Looney, Sergeant First Class Lance Vogeler, Lance Corporal Terry Honeycutt, Army Specialist David Lutes, Lance Corporal Maung Htaik, Staff Sergeant James Malachowski, and Captain Charles Ridgley.
Three teenage girls were also recognized Monday for raising money for the Red Cross. The uncle of one of the girls was killed in Iraq two years ago.