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Wed., Sept. 11, 2013, 10:45 a.m.

Large crowd turns out for Idaho 9/11 commemoration honoring fallen soldiers

The crowd at the Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial on Wednesday morning, the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, included families of Idaho military members killed since those attacks. (Betsy Russell)
The crowd at the Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial on Wednesday morning, the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, included families of Idaho military members killed since those attacks. (Betsy Russell)

There was a large crowd for the Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial commemoration this morning, honoring all of Idaho’s military members killed since the 9/11 attacks. Since last year’s ceremony, four more names have been added to the list and engraved into the memorial: Shane G. Wilson, killed Oct. 18, 2012; Thomas P. Murach, killed May 4, 2013; Mitchell K. Kaehling, killed May 14, 2013; and Octavio A. Herrera, killed Aug. 11, 2013; all in Afghanistan. There are now 63 Idahoans’ names engraved on the memorial, starting with Ronald Vauk and Brady Howell, who died at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11, 2001.

All the names were read today by Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter; after the reading of each name, a bell was struck. The ceremony also included remarks from military officials, Kelly Meyer performing the national anthem, a wreath laying by members of the Boise Rescue Mission Veterans Ministry and a rifle salute and taps.




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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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