“All gave some. Some gave all.”
This simple phrase is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by the men and women of our military.
It is on this day – Memorial Day – where we pause and reflect as a nation on the contributions of our fallen service members.
Here in Jacksonville, we take this commitment seriously. Every year, Jacksonville hosts an observance at the largest black granite memorial wall outside of the nation’s capital. The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall is the only wall to include names from all six service branches.
Our wall serves as an enduring symbol of our city’s commitment to our military and veteran community. Emblazoned on its service are the names of more than 1,700 of our city’s finest men and women who have died in service to our nation.
This year, we’re adding six more names to our wall:
- Gabriel A. Fuentes, USAF
- Elgin E. Ross, USAF
- Stephen C. Johnson, USN
- Stephanie M. Hetland, USA
- Joseph J. Murray, USMC
- William R. Posch, USAF
On behalf of the City of Jacksonville, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of these heroes, and all who wear our nation’s cloth.
We will never forget their service. We will never forget their sacrifice. And we will never forget their contributions to our city and nation.