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.