Reading Of The Names: Post-9/11 Heroes

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Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 9:00 am


Generously sponsored by:  

Red McCombs (Presenting Sponsor)

William F. Murdy (Title Sponsor)

IAVA (Major Sponsor)

Supporting Sponsors: 

American Gold Star Mothers  |   General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret.) 

Admiral Michael Mullen, USN (Ret.)   |   General Richard Myers, USAF (Ret.), 

General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.)  |  Richard and Jean Schmidt   |   Jan and Becky Scruggs

For the first time on the National Mall, we will read the names of each and every American servicemember who has made the ultimate sacrifice since the attack on Sept. 11, 2001. Americans from across the nation will join together to read the names of these heroes in the order they were taken from us.

Join us for this monumental event in honor of their sacrifice.  

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"Throughout her history, one of America's greatest strengths has been the willingness of her war-fighters to face down any challenge to the defense of our liberty and way of life.  In the years following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the men and women of our armed forces have risen mightily and repeatedly to the challenge, demonstrating to the world the extraordinary character, strength, and ability of the American military.  They are America's best.  Today we renew our commitment to those who’ve sustained life-changing wounds in the defense of our freedom – and to those who have paid the ultimate price, we dedicate this day, a time for reflection and sacred remembrance.” 

Speaker John A. Boehner

"I wrote in a song awhile back some thoughts about the turbulent 70’s:   

'I was supposed to have been a Jesuit priest; Or a Naval Academy grad'

Things did not work out that way.  Vietnam affected a generation, whether you went, or did not, and more whether you went and did not come back.  Visiting the Wall  is a must for me and folks of my generation who lost family and friends in that conflict over 40 years ago.  It stirs my own memories of friends I lost, and always brings up the unanswered question, If I had gone, would I have made it back?  There is now a new generation who are sacrificing for our safety and freedom and it is time to pay tribute to them as well.  I am honored to support the Reading of The Names"

Jimmy Buffett, Singer and Songwriter

"Ronald Reagan once said, 'Freedom is always just one generation away from extinction; we do not pass it along in the bloodstream of our children. It must be preserved - and sometimes fought for - by those who hold it dear.' We have such a tremendous young generation today - thousands of whom have given the last full measure over the past 13 years. It seems to me entirely fitting that our fellow Americans should hear their names."

General James Conway, 34th Commandant, USMC (Ret.)

"People often speak of our nation’s ‘Greatest Generation’ when referring to the heroes of WWII.  Since the attacks of 9/11, we’ve seen a new great generation stand up, volunteer to wear the uniform, and willingly put their lives on the line for this country.  Less than one percent of our country falls within this category.  The selfless service and sacrifice borne by this great generation, and their families, is immeasurable.  As a nation, we have a responsibility to lift them up, express our gratitude, and strive to honor their service every day, in our own lives.”

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

"In the days, weeks, months and years since the September 11th terrorist attacks, yet another generation of Americans have answered the call to defend freedom around the world. We will be eternally grateful and indebted to them for their bravery and sacrifice—particularly to those who have paid the ultimate price. Just as important as the courage required on the battlefield is the need to honor those who have served. That support remains as strong today as ever, and I hope and pray that it continues for many more generations..”

Congressman Brett Guthrie

"Today we commemorate the heroism of men and women in uniform who have given their lives for our nation during the past 13 years of war, knowing that whenever we remember them, we are helping to preserve the honor of their sacrifices for generations to come.  By reciting their names at this revered memorial, we are also linking them to the sacrifices and heroism of those who fought in generations past.  More than letters on a page or etchings on a Wall, it is the memory of their actions that sustains us, and we must never forget their courage and their sacrifice on our behalf.”

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

"I am honored and privileged to support the reading of the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our country and our freedom in the years since the shock and horror of the 9/11 attacks.  Their service and sacrifice represent the very best of America, and inspire all those who treasure and work for greater freedom across the world. As the daughter of an Army officer who served in three wars, including Vietnam, I feel a special obligation to make sure our country never forgets and always honors those who put themselves in harms’ way in service to us all.”

Karen Hughes, Worldwide Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller

“We owe a great deal to the men and women who served in our armed forces. Our top priority should be to live up to the promises we have made to our service members who have shown such bravery in the face of tyranny around the world.  It is my honor to recognize the service given by the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, and I am dedicated to supporting them once they return home from the battlefield.” 

Senator Johnny Isakson

“The heroes whose names will be read today represent the commitment and sacrifice of a generation of Americans who answered the call to service after the terrible attacks of September 11, 2001. They represent those who wore the uniform before them, those they have left behind, and those who will stand up to honor their memories by carrying them forward. Our nation owes a great debt of gratitude to all of our service members, past, present, and future.  We must fulfill that debt by honoring our own commitments – ensuring that they and their families, who also have sacrificed so much, are honored, supported and cared for.”

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), President Pro Tempore 

"The soldier's first duty is to remember. Remember their sacrifices…always. Read the names.”

Major General James A. Marks, USA (Ret.)

"The Reading of the Names of our troops who have died protecting America since 911 is a beautiful tribute to the courage and dedication of a new generation of young Americans. It is also fitting that The Vietnam Memorial is the place where the 58,000 dead of the Vietnam War can bear witness to the sacrifices of the nearly 60,000 killed and wounded in The War on Terror. Americans remain ready to fight and if need be to die to protect our values and our freedom.

General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret.)

"America’s citizens have a legacy of serving when their nation is in need.   Now is the time to remember and pay tribute.   The Americans who have given their lives in post 9/11 deserve this honor.  I strongly support the Reading of The Names.  The Education Center at The Wall is where they will be one day honored.”

Admiral Michael Mullen, USN (Ret.), Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

"The time has come to remind America’s citizens that this nation should never forget.  The men and women who have given their lives in post 9/11 warfare deserve this honor.  I am pleased to support the Reading of The Names and the Education Center at The Wall where they will be honored."  

General Richard Myers, USAF (Ret.), Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

"As they always have, Americans answered the call to defend our country as volunteers after the country attacks of 9/11/01.  We cannot honor and thank them too much, especially those who gave the ultimate, and let us never forget them or their families.”

The Honorable Jim Nicholson, Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs

"Those who have served in the wake of 9/11 - and their families - have done so selflessly and admirably. They have, in many cases, sacrificed greatly. They have earned description as 'America's New Greatest Generation.' And it is fitting and good that we will honor the fallen of that generation by the Reading of the Names."

General David Petraeus, USA (Ret.)

"The Reading of the Names is both a moving tribute and solemn reminder of how many courageous American service members have given their lives since 9/11.  This is a chance for people to come together, reflect, and honor the fallen.  Hearing the roll call of brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who selflessly fought and died for our country offers Americans a stronger connection to our troops’ service.   We can never repay them, but we can pay our respects and strive to continue their mission of making our world a better place.”

U.S. Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee

“It takes a certain kind of individual to put their life on the line in defense of our great nation. Bravery and courage come in many forms, and as we read the names of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice since the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, we honor these men and women—our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines-- who have relentlessly exhibited these virtues in service to our nation and to the American people.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

“On this national day of remembrance, it is important that we stop and consider what each of these 6,800 names means.  To me, these are the names of friends, neighbors, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters.  Although each of these patriots are no longer with us on earth, their stories and their spirits must live on within each of us.  They deserve nothing less and my wife and I are eternally grateful for their sacrifice.” 

Congresman Tom Rooney

"Since the heinous attacks of 9/11 thousands of American heroes have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.  This solemn event is an important reminder of their sacrifice and is a message to their loved ones that they will not be forgotten.  Though the loss of a loved one is something that stays with us forever I pray we can find comfort in Matthew 5:9 which tells us “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

Congressman Bobby L. Rush

“Most people cannot imagine the grief families feel when their loved ones fall in combat.  As Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, when I hear the playing of Taps, the volleys of a 21 gun salute, or the consoling words to the family of a fallen military member, it ignites my commitment to ensure our veterans and their families have the best resources this country has to offer.  The names read today, forever etched into the history of this great country, are read not only with grief, but with great thanks.”

Senator Bernard Sanders
Chairman, Veterans Affairs Committee US Senate

"As a former Navy SEAL and a father of a serving SEAL, it's an honor to support the Reading of the Names. These heroes gave all for our nation. Let's pause and remember their service."

Rear Admiral George Worthington, USN (Ret.), Former Commander, Navy SEALS


"American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. Supports the Efforts of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to Honor Our Fallen by Helping Each Other Heal and Remember for 50 Years."

American Gold Star Mothers

“The Global War on Terrorism is a lengthy battle for the free world. Whether America’s fallen heroes made the Supreme Sacrifice in Baghdad, Bagram or any place in between, The American Legion will never forget the price paid by these brave men and women. Freedom isn’t free and it is only possible because individuals are willing to sacrifice all in the prime of their lives. May their names be forever remembered.”

Daniel M. Dellinger, National Commander of The American Legion

"DAV is pleased to be a part of such a worthy cause as the reading the names of the men and women who have died fighting tyranny and terrorism across the globe. This event is a fitting way to honor their service and sacrifice for our nation"

DAV Washington Headquarters Executive Director Garry Augustine

"As one of the largest non-profits dedicated to our post 9/11 veterans, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is honored to support this important event to remember the fallen. VVMF's Reading of the Names event is a fitting tribute to those that have fallen and we hope all Americans take note of the sacrifices these women and men have made for all of us."

Paul Rieckhoff
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
Iraq Veteran

"The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to support the Reading of the Names initiative because it remembers those who fell and it reconfirms to their families and comrades-in-arms that service, sacrifice and patriotism will never be forgotten.”  

VFW National Commander William A. Thien