A photo display memorial, "Remembering Our Fallen" will be making its first visit to western Kansas Oct. 4th – Oct. 9th in Ness City. The display will be opened at the Ness City American Legion starting Thursday, Oct. 4th.
“Remembering Our Fallen” is a tribute to all of those who have died as a result of wounds suffered in a war zone, while in uniform, since 9-11-2001. The exhibit was created by Patriotic Productions which was formed by Bill and Evonne Williams of Omaha
On Sunday, Oct. 7th the public is invited to attend a Patriotic Memorial Program beginning at 3 p.m. in the Ness City Memorial Community Building (former Legion Memorial Hall) followed by a Salute to the Fallen at the Veterans Memorial in Ness City.
The display and programs are open to the public and are free of charge. The display was brought to the area by donations from businesses from Ness County.
Remembering Our Fallen was created to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, lift up the families of the Fallen, knowing their loved ones will not be forgotten, and to remind others of the high price of freedom.
Although the exhibit contains the photos and names of over 70 Kansans, western Kansas was ‘home’ to eight of the “Fallen” honored at this exhibit. Those included in this Memorial are: Travis Bachman and Clinton Upchurch of Garden City; Benjamin Morton of Wright; Brian Escalante of Dodge City; Jose Marin Dominguez of Liberal; Jessie Davila of Greensburg; Derrick Lutters of Goodland and Bryan Nichols of Hays.
Exhibit hours will be Thursday, Oct. 4th from 5 – 8 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5th-7th from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. It will also be available for viewing by appointment on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8th and 9th.
Other upcoming Kansas sites are:
Oct.13- 21: Caldwell Public Library, 120 S. Main St., Caldwell
Nov. 6- 10 : Site TBD, Ottawa
Nov. 11- 19: Site TBD, Leavenworth
Nov. 23- 27: Christian Life Center, Norwich
In November, 2010, with the support of the Omaha World-Herald newspaper and support of financial sponsors, Bill & Evonne created “Remembering Our Fallen” for the Strategic Air & Space Museum. This exhibit included photos of the 98 from Nebraska and western Iowa, who died in The War on Terror since September 11, 2001. Over 325 family members attended the opening event, some driving as long as seven hours one way.
After realizing the impact this first photo display made upon not only the families of The Fallen, but also the general public, the Williamses felt that this project should be completed in other states and hope to do so to remind people of the cost of freedom while hopefully, helping to lessen the grief of the families. For more information, go to the website www.rememberingourfallen.org