War Memorial Names 6,943 Men and Women Killed Since 9/11
Family and Friends flock to Global War on Terrorism Memorial
The War on Terrorism Memorial at the National Infantry Museum is the largest tribute in the Country honoring the men and women killed since September 11, 2001.
17 years later, the list of names continues to grow.
Friends and family flock here now to remember the fallen.
People like Molly Ritterbeck whose husband is currently deployed.
Ritterbeck showed up this September morning to remember her husband’s comrade, SSG Casey Combs, a 28 year old father of two who was killed in Afghanistan while serving with the 82nd Airborne.
“And I’ll never forget getting the news. We had hung out before he left. It was the first person who I really knew that got taken from us fighting for something he believed in,” Ritterbeck said.
Retired CSM Steve McClaflin calls the Museum home now, as the Vice President of the Infantry Foundation.
Many of the names on this particular Memorial he said are familiar faces etched in his mind forever.
“All of them great Americans. You know most of them that you know for a long time. Some of them were mentors , peers and subordinates,” CSM McClaflin said.
Men and women enlisting in the Armed Forces today he notes are too young to recall September 11th, 2001.
That they continue to enlist despite the danger he says is a real testament to them.
“You know when they go inside the museum or when they look at this monument, they look and they say that’s the guy I want to be. that’s the lady I want to be. I don’t want to be some knucklehead out here on the street, smoking crack in mom’ s basement and what not. I want to be out here doing something for my country. I want to do something that’s bigger than myself like you said less than one percent. The population of over 300 million people, less than one percent will put on that uniform”, McClaflin said.