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McDonnell, Bolling Honor Dead Soldiers

Anita Kumar

In honor of Memorial Day, the state's top Republicans, Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, paid tribute in a ceremony at the state Capitol to Virginia soldiers who died in the last year. A pair of F-18 fighter jets and Blackhawk helicopters flew overhead.

It was the second year that McDonnell - a likely candidate for governor next year - has organized the event.

Last year, people in downtown Richmond were alarmed by the loud noise made by the fighter jets so this year, the Attorney General's Office tried to make sure more people knew about the event.

Hundreds of people turned out for the ceremony, including state legislators, members of the military and families of the victims. Names of the soldiers were officially added to the Virginia Wall of Honor, which recognizes the Virginians who died while serving in what McDonnell calls the "Global War on Terror."

"I am both awed and saddened by the sacrifice of these Virginia heroes and I hope that all Virginians will stop this Memorial Day Weekend to thank a veteran and remember all those who we have lost, and all those who serve today,'' McDonnell said.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 22, 2008; 4:27 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2008 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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