Mayor's proclamation honors veterans and their family members.
The City of Austin will honor the fallen Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen and their surviving family members with a proclamation from Mayor Steve Adler on Thursday, May 18 at 10 a.m. On this Memorial Day, the City will honor the valor and dedication of those who sacrificed their lives to protect and defend our freedom and ask citizens throughout America to never forget, every single day, freedom is not free and Memorial Day serves as a tribute to honor the memories of the fallen and a celebration of the lives of these courageous heroes.
The proclamation specifically recognizes and honors fallen Navy Seal, Gunner’s Mate Second Class Danny P. Dietz. Killed in action in 2005, Dietz was part of an elite team of four Navy SEALs on a reconnaissance mission tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in mountainous terrain near Asadabad, Afghanistan.
According to the U.S. Navy, the team was "spotted by anti-Coalition sympathizers, who immediately reported their position to Taliban fighters. A fierce gun-battle ensued between the four SEALs and a much larger enemy force with superior tactical position". Dietz was the first casualty of the battle, and was killed before help arrived. Dietz and his fellow soldiers were recently featured in the movie Lone Survivor.
Dietz’s mother Cindy Dietz-Marsh will accept the proclamation from Mayor Adler. Since his death, Marsh, along with her husband Air Force veteran Don Marsh, has worked tirelessly to keep her son’s name alive and to support the military community in Colorado and now Texas. She is the president of the Danny Dietz Memorial Fund which generates two annual scholarships to students from Danny’s alma mater, Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado.
Camp Mabry Chaplain Major Jeremy Stirm will give the Invocation, followed by The Colors and Bugler from the United States Marine Corps. Tina Lee, from the City’s Veteran’s Services Office, will sing the National Anthem.
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