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Not to be confused with the ONI Memorial, found on ONI Alpha Site.
Lord Hood salutes to the fallen. The memorial can be seen behind him.

The UNSC Hillside Memorial is a tribute to the fallen soldiers of the United Nations Space Command who fought and died during the 28-year Human-Covenant War.

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The Memorial

Held in east Africa, near Voi, the memorial was set up by Fleet Admiral Terrence Hood, and survivors and Marines attended it, including Gunnery Sergeants Pete Stacker and Reynolds, Private First Class Chips Dubbo and the current Arbiter, Thel 'Vadam. The memorial takes the form of the wing of a Pelican Dropship, with the names and photographs of people fallen in defense of Earth and her colonies, an inscription stating the official end of the Human-Covenant War, and a small section devoted only to John-117, presumed to be dead by the UNSC, in contrast to the ONI policy of declaring deceased Spartans as MIA.

The Tribute

Lord Hood removes his cap and makes a speech remembering those deceased. A senior Marine NCO (Sergeant Stacker in this case) directs the ceremony. He orders 7 Marines to stand in a line, draw their Battle Rifles and fire three volleys in unison, a 21 gun salute to the fallen.

Script

On a hillside near the Gateway 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 worth fighting. 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 Pete Stacker: "Present arms!"

7 marines raise their Battle Rifles and each fire three shots each: a 3 volley salute. The sound of the shots echo through Mt. 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..."

Known Deceased (Posted on Memorial)

Trivia

  • Thel 'Vadam is the only Sangheili to attend the memorial.
  • Despite his inclusion in the memorial, John-117 is, as per protocol, listed as MIA.[1]
  • There are some photos on the memorial portraying Gunnery Sergeant Pete Stacker as depicted in Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, although he himself was the senior NCO attending the memorial.
  • If one looks at a certain picture of a dead 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.
  • For being a 28 year war against a highly superior enemy in terms of numbers and technology, there are suprisingly few photos and mementos on the monument (indicating relatively few losses), compared to the ONI memorial and even memorials dedicated historic wars on Earth (the Vietnam War memorial being a notable example). This may simply be because Bungie could not possibly place enough photos and belongings for it to be realistic.

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Sources

  1. Halo Encyclopedia page 105
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