CJTF-HOA service members honor fallen heroes in Memorial Day ceremony

A U.S. Army soldier bows his head in prayer at a Memorial Day display at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Djibouti, May 25, 2015. The display was built to honor the memory of the men and women who have died in service to their country and was put together during the Memorial Day ceremony with pieces of equipment common to soldiers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Maysonet) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image A U.S. Army soldier bows his head in prayer at a Memorial Day display at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Djibouti, May 25, 2015. The display was built to honor the memory of the men and women who have died in service to their country and was put together during the Memorial Day ceremony with pieces of equipment common to soldiers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Maysonet)
Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commander, and Sgt. Maj. Claudell Taylor, CJTF-HOA senior enlisted leader, salute a Memorial Day display at CJTF-HOA, Djibouti, May 25, 2015. The display was in honor of U.S. military personnel who have died in service to their country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Maysonet) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commander, and Sgt. Maj. Claudell Taylor, CJTF-HOA senior enlisted leader, salute a Memorial Day display at CJTF-HOA, Djibouti, May 25, 2015. The display was in honor of U.S. military personnel who have died in service to their country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Maysonet)
Service members salute the colors during a Memorial Day Ceremony at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Djibouti, May 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Maysonet) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Service members salute the colors during a Memorial Day Ceremony at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Djibouti, May 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Maysonet)

Service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa paid tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country during a Memorial Day ceremony here May 25, 2015.

More than 300 joint service members, including a joint-service platoon formation, attended the ceremony, which was officiated by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer, CJTF-HOA commander, and U.S. Navy Capt. Matthew O’Keefe, Camp Lemonnier commander.

“I am deeply honored to stand among you today, as we gather to remember and honor those who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Stammer.

The ceremony began with the CJTF-HOA joint service Honor Guard presenting the colors, followed by a moment of silence for the fallen.

The ceremony’s hallmark event included a presentation and display by the senior enlisted and senior officer of each service at CJTF-HOA who, together, approached one of the five podiums in front of the audience and placed their military branch’s service cap on it.

Completing the ceremony, junior enlisted members from each military service placed an item – Including battle armor, combat helmet, M-4 rifle, desert combat boots and dog tags, one-by-one – on a cross beside the service caps, honoring the Nation’s fallen warriors.

“I thank you, our nations’ latest generation of defenders, for joining me today to remember the fallen and to honor those families whose heroes have left us,” Stammer said. “We honor them in gratitude for the sacrifices they have endured and we honor their loved ones.”

After the ceremony concluded, a procession of dozens of service members lined up to individually pay their respects at the fallen warrior display.

 

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