June 17, 2014
Members of Interactive Media Institute and Virtual Reality Medical Institute were honored to be in attendance at the Sunset Parade in Washington DC to honor Travis Manion. Guests of Honor at the event included Colonel Thomas Manion (USMC, Retired), Chairman Emeritus Travis Manion Foundation and Ms. Ryan Borek, President, Travis Manion Foundation. The event was hosted by Lieutenant General William Faulkner, Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics.
About Travis Manion:
1st Lt. Travis Manion made the ultimate sacrifice in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. He, his fellow Marines, and Iraqi Army counterparts were ambushed while searching a suspected insurgent house. 1st Lt. Manion led the counterattack against the enemy forces. He was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper while aiding and drawing fire away from his wounded comrades. His selfless actions allowed every member of his patrol to survive. For his actions, he was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star with Valor.
Shortly after the death of 1st Lt. Travis Manion in Iraq on April 29, 2007, the fallen Marine’s mother, the late Janet Manion, founded the Travis Manion Foundation to assist our nation’s veterans and families of the fallen. TMF engages with veterans and families of the fallen in all stages of their personal journeys and offers them unique opportunities to empower them to achieve their goals. TMF believes that the best way to honor the fallen is by challenging the living. TMF challenges veterans and survivors to lead the “If Not Me, Then Who…” movement and inspire others to continue the service to community and country exemplified by the nation’s fallen heroes.