Voi Memorial

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Not to be confused with the ONI Memorial, located in ONI Alpha Site.
Survivors and other Marines begin the memorial at daybreak.

The Voi Memorial[1][2] is a tribute to the soldiers of the United Nations Space Command, the Unified Earth Government and the Fleet of Retribution who gave their lives during the 28-year Human-Covenant War and formally marked the end of the war.[3]

The memorial[edit]

Held above the ruins of Voi, in east Africa, on a hillside in Voi on March 3, 2553, the Voi Memorial was set up by Fleet Admiral Terrence Hood three months after the Battle of Voi. The memorial takes the form of the wing of a Pelican dropship, with names and photographs of people who were killed in defense of Earth and her colonies, an inscription stating the official end of the Human-Covenant War, and a small section devoted to John-117 who, in accordance with Office of Naval Intelligence policy, is listed as missing in action.

A number of survivors from the Battle of Installation 00 attended the memorial, including Gunnery Sergeants Stacker and Reynolds, Private First Class Chips Dubbo, as well as the current Arbiter, Thel 'Vadam, and some of his guards.[2] Various other UNSC personnel were also present, including ONI Commander-in-Chief Admiral Margaret Parangosky, Captain Serin Osman,[2] CPO Franklin Mendez, as well as the surviving SPARTAN-IIs.[4]

Curiously, the UNSC Army was the only branch of the UNSC Armed Forces not invited to the memorial ceremony by Admiral Hood. Admiral Parangosky found this "goddamn rude", even by her standards.[2]

Transcript of the dedication[edit]

On a hillside near the Portal to the Ark, Marines and Naval personnel gather. Lord Hood removes his cap, and begins his speech.

Admiral Hood: "For us, the storm has passed... the war is over. But let us never forget those who journeyed into the howling dark and did not return. For their decision required courage beyond measure; sacrifice, and unshakable conviction that their fight... our fight, was elsewhere. As we start to rebuild, this hillside will remain barren, a memorial to heroes fallen. They ennobled all of us, and they shall not be forgotten."

Admiral Hood puts his cap back on, and salutes.

Gunnery Sergeant Stacker: "Present arms!"

Seven Marines, standing in a line, draw their battle rifles and fire three volleys in unison, a three-volley salute to the fallen. The sound of the shots echo through Mount Kilimanjaro. The panorama changes as the Marines fire each shot.

Sunset

Admiral Hood: (To Thel 'Vadam) "I remember how this war started. What your kind did to mine. I can't forgive you. But... (he holds out his hand) you have my thanks, for standing by him to the end."

Thel shakes Admiral Hood's hand.

Admiral Hood: "Hard to believe he's dead."

The Arbiter looks away, toward the Shadow of Intent, hovering silently in the sky.

Arbiter: "Were it so easy..."

Inscription[edit]

IN MEMORY OF THOSE FALLEN

IN THE DEFENSE OF EARTH

AND HER COLONIES

MARCH 3, 2553

Known deceased listed on memorial[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • There are some photos on the memorial portraying Gunnery Sergeant Stacker as depicted in Halo: Combat Evolved and in Halo 2, although Stacker was the senior NCO conducting the memorial.
  • If one looks at a certain picture of a deceased Marine, it shows him in a dress uniform similar to that of the modern day U.S. Marine Corps. This indicates that the UNSC Marines wear a variety of different dress uniforms, as just before the Battle of Earth, Sergeant Johnson was seen wearing a dress uniform similar to that of the Navy, yet, in 2524, wore the aforementioned "dress blues".
  • There are three Medals of Honor on the monument awarded to Miranda Keyes, Avery Johnson, and an unnamed Marine.
  • Originally, Halo 3 Art Director Marcus Lehto wanted the memorial to be a "giant marble monument", but Paul Russel suggested a more temporary monument would be more "tear jerking", as "only a couple of days" had passed from the events of the Ark.[5] Later fiction, however, establishes that the survivors from the Ark returned in December 2552, meaning that over three months had passed from their return by the time the memorial ceremony was held.

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Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 348
  2. ^ a b c d Halo: Glasslands, page 411
  3. ^ Halo 3 level, Halo (Eulogy)
  4. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 414
  5. ^ Picasa: Paul Russel > HALO3 > 23/25