Roll call for local fallen heroes

WPAFB, Ohio (WDTN) – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is using this Memorial Day weekend to recognize local servicemen and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.

One by one, the names of thousands were read over several hours at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Friday.

“The focus is really on those who didn’t have the joyous homecoming that so many of us have had,” said Major General Ed Mechenbier (Ret).

36 volunteers read several pages, taking time to reflect on all those who made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom.

“Today is about honoring the families left behind,” said Col. Cassie Barlow.

Volunteers called it a privilege to be a part of the roll call.

“It is such a sense of satisfaction to honor the soldiers that have fallen,” said volunteer William Mitchell. “Just reading their names, it means a lot to the family members.”

Two Air Force doctors, a husband and wife, started planning the memorial event last year.

“I think it’s important to change from being a number and statistic, to a name,” said Dr. Monica Allen.

Organizers said they hope it make this an annual event every Memorial Day weekend.

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