Significance of the Battle Cross
•The helmet and identification tags signify the fallen soldier.
•The inverted rifle with bayonet signals a time for prayer, a break in the action to pay tribute to our comrade.
•The combat boots represent the final march of the last battle. The beret (in the case of soldiers from airborne units) reminds us that the soldier has taken part in his final jump.
ARMY FM 7-21.13
THE SOLDIER’S GUIDE
APPENDIX C (SECTION III – MEMORIAL CEREMONY)
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The official Fallen 15 ™ seal serves as a reminder that our country owes a tremendous debt to our fallen that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice by uplifting and supporting their loved ones and bringing our communities together to honor, celebrate, and inspire the defenders of freedom. Originating in Ohio, each year our organization honors 15 fallen warriors killed in action (KIA) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) by executing various armed forces, veterans, community outreach and support events benefiting those impacted by the loss of our fallen warriors.
Furthermore, our charge is to honor.celebrate.inspire. ™ in remembrance of those who gave all.
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – President Harry S. Truman