RICHMOND -- The names of 40 Virginia servicemembers killed in the line of duty are now on Virginia's Wall of Honor at the Virginia War Memorial.
Many who gave their lives are from Hampton Roads, including those killed August 6, 2011 when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.
Gov. Bob McDonnell laid a wreath at the memorial during a solemn ceremony attended by many of the fallen servicemembers' family and friends.
He said Memorial Day takes on special importance because Virginia is home to so many members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.
About 2,000 people attended today's service.
NAMES ADDED TO THE VIRGINIA WALL OF HONOR:
United States Army:
Sergeant Zainah C. Creamer Fairfax County; Sergeant First Class Anthony Venetz, Jr. Prince William County; Captain Michael W. Newton Newport News; Specialist Levi E. Nuncio Harrisonburg; Specialist Douglas J. Green Sterling; Staff Sergeant James R. Leep, Jr. Davenport; Specialist Ryan M. Lumley New Kent County; Private First Class Michael W. Pyron Hopewell; Sergeant First Class Benjamin B. Wise Suffolk; Brigadier General Terence J. Hildner Fairfax; Corporal Timothy J. Conrad, Jr. Roanoke; Staff Sergeant Brandon F. Eggleston Pearisburg; Private First Class Richard L. McNulty, III Chester; Captain Jesse A. Ozbat Prince George
Corporal Lucas T. Pyeatt Newport News; Major Samuel M. Griffith Virginia Beach; Master Sergeant Travis W. Riddick Orange County
Major Raymond G. Estelle, II Yorktown
Navy Lieutenant Commander Jonas B. Kelsall McLean; Master Chief Petty Officer Louis J. Langlais Virginia Beach; Senior Chief Petty Officer Thomas A. Ratzlaff Hampton Roads; Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert J. Reeves Hampton Roads; Senior Chief Petty Officer Heath M. Robinson Hampton Roads; Senior Chief Petty Officer Kraig M. K. Vickers Virginia Beach; Chief Petty Officer Darrik C. Benson Hampton Roads; Chief Petty Officer Brian R. Bill Hampton Roads; Chief Petty Officer Christopher G. Campbell Virginia Beach; Chief Petty Officer John W. Faas Hampton Roads; Chief Petty Officer Kevin A. Houston Chesapeake; Chief Petty Officer Matthew D. Mason Hampton Roads; Chief Petty Officer Stephen M. Mills Hampton Roads; Chief Petty Officer Nicholas H. Null Hampton Roads; Chief Petty Officer Jon T. Tumilson Hampton Roads; Chief Petty Officer Aaron C. Vaughn Hampton Roads; Chief Petty Officer Jason R. Workman Hampton Roads; Petty Officer 1st Class Jared W. Day Hampton Roads; Petty Officer First Class John Douangdara Hampton Roads; Petty Officer 1st Class Michael J. Strange Hampton Roads; Petty Officer 1st Class Caleb A. Nelson Norfolk
Central Intelligence Agency:
Agent Jeremy J. Wise Virginia Beach;