The Senate is holding a special ceremony this morning to recognize five Idaho servicemen who lost their lives in Afghanistan in the past year. In a departure from history and tradition, the ceremony in the Senate chamber includes Gov. Butch Otter, who is sitting next to Lt. Gov. Brad Little at the Senate president's desk. “It was important to our governor that he be here today,” said Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, “and so we have strained our Senate rules and found a way to make this happen, and I feel comfortable with what we are doing today.”
The service members being memorialized are: U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Daniel J. Brown, 27; U.S. Army Sergeant Chris J. Workman, 33; U.S. Army Private First Class Cody O. Moosman, 24; U.S. Army Specialist Ethan J. Martin, 22; and U.S. Army Private First Class Shane G. Wilson, 20. You can read SCR 124 here, honoring the five.