By Pete Kasperowicz - 05/08/13 10:44 PM EDT
Then she abruptly stopped, and make a noise that sounded like it may have been a sob or even a giggle. Frankel, who is the mother of a Marine who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, said she became overcome with emotion.
"It's a very emotional issue for me and I choked up," Frankel told The Hill.
After a few minutes, she was able to return and finish the short tribute, noting that Thompson suffered from shrapnel in the war, but returned home and later married. He fell ill due to old war injuries, and died in October 2010.
"With Raymond's name joining all the valiant men and women at the Vietnam War Memorial, we're reminded everyday of the bravery of the men and women who serve in our military, and who are willing to sacrifice their lives for our own freedoms," she concluded.