As the Field of Heroes Memorial comes to a close in Pocatello, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo offered remarks in the ending ceremonies.
"We as a nation are proud to be Americans and we cherish our freedoms that these men and women have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect," said U.S. Senator Mike Crapo.
The 2013 field of Heroes event honors members and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A total of 6,642 crosses, each representing the men and women who served and gave their lives for our freedom. Senator Crapo said that when walking through the memorial he really felt a sense of gratefulness.
"It just brings back an understanding of what an ultimate sacrifice they have given for our freedoms. So we can walk freely on the streets, we can speak in what we believe in this country, and we can pursue the American dream because they gave the ultimate sacrifice," added Senator Crapo.
Each marker is handmade, painted white, and holds the name, rank, and date of death of an American Service Member who paid the price in the name of independence.
"The message for the military personal, the men and women who served in the military, our veterans, and their families is simply, thank you, from a grateful nation. We know the sacrifices that you have been through for us and we know the ultimate sacrifices that many of you loved ones have given for us, and we also know that there are many who have not passed away, but who have suffered very deep wounds and have very deep scars from the battles they have been through on our behalf; we want them to know that we are aware of that as well and that we thank them for their service," said Senator Crapo.
The field of Heroes Committee is also asking for some help in putting everything away tomorrow. To find out the details you can call the Bannock County Veteran's services at 282-4101.