'Remembering Our Fallen' July 6-13 in Spencer

Saturday, June 18, 2011
"Remembering Our Fallen," honoring the 72 Iowans killed in The War on Terror will be coming to Spencer July 6-13 at Southpark Mall. Opening ceremonies will be conducted at noon Wednesday, July 6. (Photo submitted)

"Remembering Our Fallen," will serve as a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by 72 Iowans killed in The War on Terror while wearing a United States military uniform in a war zone. The photo display is traveling throughout Iowa and will be coming to Spencer from July 6-13 at Southpark Mall.

Opening ceremonies will be conducted at noon Wednesday, July 6, featuring the American Legion Honor Guard and speaker Iowa Rep. Royd Chambers.

"We can never forget those who sacrificed everything for our freedom. We must remember these American Heroes and speak their names when we see their family members," said Colonel James Biernesser (Ret.) USAF and Director of Military Programs for Bellevue University. "This exhibit is created in such a way so it can travel easily throughout Iowa, so that more people will have the opportunity to honor and remember Iowa's fallen."

Spencer's Daryl A. Davis, a specialist with the Army National Guard died in a vehicle accident in Iraq, and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Shane Koele, of Hartley, who died in an explosion in Afghanistan, are among those who will be honored in the exhibit.

The photo exhibit was unveiled at the Adel DeSoto Minburn High School in Adel on May 1. The families of Iowa's fallen were able to first see the display privately before the public showing.

The exhibit was created by Bill & Evonne Williams of Patriotic Productions, Omaha, and is sponsored by Bellevue University.

The American Legion of Iowa has endorsed the project, realizing the importance of remembering those who are willing to sacrifice all.

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