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Ceremony honors Idaho’s fallen soldiers since 9/11, marks anniversary

Idaho's fallen soldier memorial service on Tuesday, Sept. 11 (Betsy Russell)
Idaho's fallen soldier memorial service on Tuesday, Sept. 11 (Betsy Russell)

Today, on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the names of all 62 of Idaho's fallen soldiers since that day were read at a ceremony at the new Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial, located in front of the Capitol Annex near the state capitol. Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter alternated reading the names, the dates and where they died; the list started with two Idaho military members who died at the Pentagon in the Sept. 11 attack, Ronald Vauk and Brady Howell. Most on the list died in Iraq, and the most recent, in Afghanistan. After each name, date and location was read, a uniformed military member pointed out the name on the memorial's plaques where the names are engraved, and a bell was struck; more than 100 people gathered for the ceremony, including families of the fallen soldiers.

The memorial honors Idahoans from all branches of the military who were killed since Sept. 11. It includes seven who died in the past year: Robert Dyas, Ryan Sharp, Kenneth Cochran, Daniel Brown, Chris Workman, Cody Moosman, and Ethan Martin.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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