Men and women who have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are memorialized in a photo exhibit titled “Remembering Our Fallen” that will be on exhibit at the Phelps County Fair.
Men and women who have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are memorialized in a photo exhibit titled "Remembering Our Fallen" that will be on exhibit at the Phelps County Fair.
"It will open on Tuesday, July 30, which will be a free day at the fair," said Fair Board member Terry Nadolski.
Tuesday is the day home arts, coloring contest and agriculture and mechanics entries and frozen T-shirt contest entries will be received. No other activities are scheduled, so Nadolski said it will be the perfect time to visit the "Remembering Our Fallen" photo exhibit, for there will be no distractions.
The exhibit will be in Building No. 4 and will be open from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nadolski said.
"There are several of these exhibits, going around in different states," Nadolski said. "There were 148 Missourians killed (in the two wars), two from Rolla."
Sponsors of the exhibit are Knights of Columbus, Korean War Veterans, McCall's Floor Mart, Rolla Moose Lodge, Miller Community Farmers Association and VFW Post No. 2025.
Nadolski said he learned about the exhibit at a fair and festival trade show held every February in Columbia.
"Last year, we tried to get it, but it was already booked at the time of our fair at the state Capitol," Nadolski said.
The exhibit will arrive here on Monday from a viewing at the St. Charles County Fair in Wentzville.
The website for the exhibit, www.rememberingourfallen.org, says, " 'Remembering Our Fallen' was created to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Its legacy will be that these men and women will never be forgotten and that their names will be remembered and spoken."
There are exhibits traveling in these states: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.
The exhibit is produced by Patriotic Productions, formed by Bill and Evonne Williams, of Omaha, Neb., who have four sons in military service, one of whom served two tours in Iraq.
"In November 2010, with the support of the Omaha World-Herald newspaper, and support of financial sponsors, Bill and Evonne created an exhibit called 'Remembering Our Fallen' for Strategic Air & Space Museum," according to the website.
"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.
Another 750 people attended the exhibit's public opening and ceremony, and the exhibit is now traveling a week at a time throughout Nebraska and western Iowa."
The Williamses understood the emotional impact that exhibit had on the Nebraska families, so they began building similar memorial tributes for servicemen and servicewomen from other states.
"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," according to the website.
In March 2011, Bellevue University, located in Bellevue, Neb., signed on as the educational sponsor for the "Remembering Our Fallen" tour.
Located just minutes away from Offutt Air Force Base, the university, founded in 1966 as a university dedicated to the adult learner, has had a close connection with the United States military.
"Nearly 20 percent of our students are active duty or military veterans, and our Student Veterans Association chapter is one of the largest in the nation," according to a statement from Bellevue.
The exhibit will continue throughout the Phelps County Fair.