'Remembering Our Fallen' to appear here

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- A photo display of 81 Nebraskans killed in "The War on Terror" in Afghanistan and Iraq will be displayed July 3 through July 10 at the Museum of the High Plains in McCook, Nebraska, the hometown of Nebraska National Guard Sgt. Randy Matheny, who died Feb. 4, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Matheny, the son of Jan and Duane Collins of McCook and Gary and Kay Matheny of Oberlin, Kansas, was 20 years old at the time of his death. He was a 2004 graduate of McCook Senior High.

Bill Williams of Omaha, Nebraska, co-creator of the "Remembering Our Fallen" Wall, has said, "The warriors of the 21st Century, professionals, who volunteered to join the United States Armed Forces, grew up in the shadow of Sept. 11, 2001, a defining moment for most of them. They come from all walks of life and every corner of our country, daring to go where so many never would. They retain the face of freedom and build upon the legacies of those who went before them in a cause greater than themselves."

"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. This exhibit is created so it can travel easily throughout Nebraska, so that more people will have the opportunity to honor and remember Nebraska's fallen."

The 40-foot-long "Remembering Our Fallen" wall will be on display Tuesday, July 3, through Tuesday, July 10, at the High Plains Museum, in the 400 block of Norris Avenue in downtown McCook. The museum will be open daily from 1 to 5 p.m., each day from July 3 through July 10.

McCook's "Young Professionals Group" plans a memorial dedication ceremony on the front lawn of the museum at 3 p.m. on July 3. The ceremony will include a presentation of colors to be displayed on the new flag pole erected at the museum and an unveiling of a memorial bench to remember local heroes.

YPG members say the wall is brought to McCook thanks to donations placed in donation jars labeled "Making Change" during February. Local businesses and

individuals have helped make this project a reality.

The exhibit is open to the public.

"Remembering Our Fallen" was created by Bill and Evonne Williams of Patriotic Productions, Omaha. For more information, contact Bill Williams of Patriotic Productions at bwilliams@remember ingourfallen.org or (402) 612-0210.

More information is available at: www.rememberingourfallen.org

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