"When we return to our home stations, we must ensure that we never forget those fallen comrades that deployed with us that will not return to their loved ones," Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the senior U.S. military officer here, said during a ceremony at Baghdad's Camp Victory.
"They must not have died in vain,'' Sanchez said. ''We must not walk away from this mission. Otherwise, their sacrifices will in fact be in vain. This mission is too important for America, for the world, and for us as warriors."