• Brig. Gen. Brian Layer, ASC deputy commanding general, speaks to Fred and Martha Van Hoosier of Donahue, Iowa, during the closing ceremony of the  Tribute to Our Fallen, Aug. 28 at Davenport, Iowa, Memorial Park. (U.S. Army photo by Dan Carlson)

    Honoring the Fallen

    Brig. Gen. Brian Layer, ASC deputy commanding general, speaks to Fred and Martha Van Hoosier of Donahue, Iowa, during the closing ceremony of the Tribute to Our Fallen, Aug. 28 at Davenport, Iowa, Memorial Park. (U.S. Army photo by Dan Carlson)

  • Brig. Gen. Brian Layer, ASC deputy commanding general, salutes during the closing ceremony of the Tribute to Our Fallen, held Aug. 28 at Davenport, Iowa, Memorial Park. (U.S. Army photo by Dan Carlson)

    Honoring the Fallen

    Brig. Gen. Brian Layer, ASC deputy commanding general, salutes during the closing ceremony of the Tribute to Our Fallen, held Aug. 28 at Davenport, Iowa, Memorial Park. (U.S. Army photo by Dan Carlson)

  • Participants and observers listen to speakers at the Tribute to Our Fallen, held Aug. 28 at Davenport, Iowa, Memorial Park. (U.S. Army photo by Dan Carlson)

    Honoring the Fallen

    Participants and observers listen to speakers at the Tribute to Our Fallen, held Aug. 28 at Davenport, Iowa, Memorial Park. (U.S. Army photo by Dan Carlson)

  • The "Healing Field," inside Davenport, Iowa, Memorial Park, pays tribute to fallen service members. A Tribute to Our Fallen was held at the park Aug. 26-28.  (U.S. Army photo by Dan Carlson)

    Honoring the Fallen

    The "Healing Field," inside Davenport, Iowa, Memorial Park, pays tribute to fallen service members. A Tribute to Our Fallen was held at the park Aug. 26-28. (U.S. Army photo by Dan Carlson)

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Brig. Gen. Brian Layer, Army Sustainment Command deputy commanding general for sustainment, spoke at the closing ceremony of the Tribute to Our Fallen at Memorial Park, here, Aug. 28

The three-day event, presented by the All-Era Veterans Healing Field Committee of the Quad-Cities, included a section of ground over which dozens of flags were flown, each flag representing a fallen combat veteran.

"While I can't speak for the fallen, I certainly can say with some certainty, they would hope we wouldn't stop living our lives because they had fallen," Layer said to the audience. "To leave behind the pain sometimes makes you think you're leaving behind the fallen. We know that's not the case."

Representatives from all five military branches, as well as law enforcement and fire officials, the American Legion Riders, the Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion posts, VFW posts and the Vietnam Veterans of America, participated in the event.

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