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Ceremony remembers nearly 7000 Americans who died in War on Terror

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

It's never been done before.

About 450 Americans from across the nation joined together to read the names of the almost 7,000 service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice...

Giving their lives in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

The ceremony took the entire day to complete, and was an emotional one for so many who are visiting.

One of the speakers, Mr. Stonesifer, lost his son in Afghanistan. "Since my son was the first killed in action in a helicopter crash when we went into Kandahar, it's very poignant for me be here, to have been chosen as a speaker for the program and to read the first set of names" he said.

Speakers included retired four star general and former CIA Director David Petraeus-- among many others.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel noted the symbolism of holding the event on the grounds of the Vietnam Memorial, linking the recently lost veterans to the sacrifices and heroism of those who fought in generations past.

Hagel also took the time to remark about how we treat our veterans after they come home from war.

"America’s obligation to those who answer to the call to serve, more than two million Americans, are only just beginning" Hagel said.  "This nation has a sacred obligation to take care of them and their families for however long is necessary."

Secretary Hagel went on to say it’s actually civilians who are indebted to our military members those who pay the ultimate sacrifice every day on our behalf.

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