Paratroopers honored their wounded and fallen during the Global War on Terrorism Wednesday with the dedication of a new stained glass window unveiled in the 82nd Airborne Division chapel.
The new window brings a sense of sacredness to the 82nd’s recently completed new chapel and reminds today’s paratroopers to uphold the standard of those who have gone before them, said Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson, Jr., division commanding general, in a speech to senior division leaders, friends of the division, donors and the builder of the window.
“As we look at this window, we are reminded of the men and women who answered when their nation called, loved freedom more than life itself and served to ensure liberty for the next generation,” said Nicholson.
The 82nd Airborne Division has lost 247 paratroopers killed and more than 1,200 wounded in 35 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade.
The new window depicts scenes from both countries and includes both military and humanitarian actions.
It joins six other windows that celebrate the military actions and ideals of the 82nd Airborne Division and honor its losses in both World Wars, the Dominican Republic and Vietnam.
Division Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jack Stumme said that the dedication of the new window was one of the highlights of his 17 years of active-duty service.
“For chaplains and chaplain assistants, this is where the rubber meets the road,” said Stumme.
The new chapel was officially dedicated Monday, he said.