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.