The Legislature gave solemn tribute Thursday to six Utahns who were killed in action in Afghanistan during the past year, citing them as examples "to all of the commitment of Americans in defending liberty."
"They left a legacy of courage," said Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, as families of the six listened in the House chamber. "It is because of their sacrifice that we remain free to have debates in the home of the brave."
Honored were the following: Army Spc. Preston J. Suter, killed on July 5; Marines Lance Corporal Norberto Mendez-Hernandez, killed on July 10; Army Cpl. Raphael R. Arruda, killed on July 16; Marines Sgt. Daniel D. Gurr, killed on Aug. 5; and Navy SEALs Jason R. Workman and Jared W. Day, killed on Aug. 6.