'Wall of Honor' remembers fallen Virginians

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – State offices are closed today, but the lobby at the attorney general's office is open, allowing people to remember fallen soldiers at the "Wall of Honor."

The people on the wall are all Virginians who died serving their country.  The wall was created in 2007 as a memorial to these brave men and women.

"I would stand here all year if I could to pay tribute to them," said Lt. Col. Cynthia Norwood of the 80th Training Command.

About 150 pictures grace this wall – soldiers, marines, sailors, coastguardsman and airman -- all died fighting the global war on terror.

Those responsible for this tribute could not be more proud.

"It is the best feeling in the world to know that i am doing something that helps the families and that really pays tribute to the heroes, there is no greater thing that you can do than give your life for your country," Norwood said.

Some veteran's say tributes like these help them realize that the community as a whole understands their sacrifice.

"This is an emotional day for me, it really is -- I feel really good to be both an American and a veteran of this country," said Vince Burgess, Commissioner for VA Dept. of Veteran Services.

Flowers left behind -- evidence of those who've come before. And Lt. Col Norwood hopes many more will follow. And on this Veteran's Day, she has another hope.

"I pray that we don't have to add anymore--that's my prayer, that no more heroes will have to be on our wall."

You can come and see this wall of honor of yourself anytime this building is open during normal business hours.  It's located at 900 East Main Street.

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