STATEHOUSE (June 30, 2014) — A local veterans organization unveiled its traveling memorial wall at the Indiana Statehouse today, State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) said.
Banks invited Marion’s Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Department of Indiana Chapter 692 to set up its Indiana Purple Heart Traveling Memorial for Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial wall features the names and photos of 149 Hoosier veterans who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
“This memorial is a moving tribute to the men and women who sacrificed so much in defense of our country,” Banks said. “Not only does it recognize our soldiers’ bravery, but it also honors the grieving families who lost loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m grateful to our local MOPH chapter for creating this wall, and I hope our veterans and their families will find inspiration in it.”
In the spring, Banks offered his remarks at the memorial wall’s dedication ceremony at Ivy Tech Community College in Marion.
The memorial wall will be featured today, June 30 through Monday, July 7 at the Statehouse, located at 200 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis.