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Army honors Gold Star Mothers at Pentagon.
Banquet Photos. Guests, awards, auction
Activities at the Vietnam
Wall, Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns.
AGSM President Ruth Stonesifer.
by Veterans Administration Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.
Gold Star moms, dads, brothers, daughters and others lay a wreath at the
Vietnam Wall to remember those of an earlier conflict.
In the spirit of the Wall, mothers and others display a scroll of all
those lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ruth Stonesifer, of AGSM, lays a wreath in section 60, Arlington
Moms pay respects to those lost.
A reminder of why we gather each year on the last Sunday in September.
Ross McGinnnis, Medal of Honor recipient, center foreground.
Color guard prepares to open the ceremonies.
Camrin Stonesifer reads the Presidential Proclamation for Gold Star
Mothers Sunday, 2009.
Mimi Bessette performs "In the Garden".
Ruth Stonesifer, President AGSM, delivers
Keynote speaker Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki delivers
Secretary Shinseki greets Terry Davis after quoting her letter to her
son in his address.
Andrew Chernak greets Secretary Shinseki.
From right to left,
Secretary Shinseki, AGSM President Ruth Stonesifer, Ric Stonesifer,
Ruth's son and Terry Westlake lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Learn more about the
Tomb of the Unknows.
The colors are retired by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard.
Tomb guard resumes his patrol....
...to be relieved every hour; 24 hours a day 365 days a year by members
of the 3rd United States Infantry.