The Pentagon now has a permanent memorial to families of the fallen

The Pentagon has unveiled a memorial for Gold Star Families, reports Patricia Kime for Military.com. 

Almost 1.3 American troops have died in the line of duty, and the Department of Defense has honored their families’ sacrifice with a new memorial that includes a rotating display telling a different family’s story every six months. The first story features the Sullivan family, a legendary family that lost all five of their sons in World War II when their ship was torpedoed.

The memorial is the idea of Jane Horton, widow of Spc. Christopher Horton, who was killed in action on September 9, 2011 in Afghanistan.

During the virtual unveiling ceremony, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said, “Behind every soldier, sailor, airman, Marine and Coast Guardsman willing to give their all, there are loved ones who support us in service and in sacrifice.”

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