(Photo by Kristin Gordon)
TEMPLE (July 1, 2013)—An emotional touring exhibit, “Remembering our Fallen,” that’s now in Temple, honors almost 600 Texans who were killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bellvue University in Bellvue, Neb., is sponsoring the exhibit, which was created by Bill and Evonne Williams of Patriotic Productions in Omaha.
"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 Bellvue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins.
The free exhibit opened Sunday at the Mayborn Convention Center, where it will remain though Thursday before moving to Fort Hood.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday.
The most recent addition to the exhibit is Army Spc. William Moody, of Burleson who died June 18 in Afghanistan.
"His body will be coming home (Monday),” said Donna Cranston, a volunteer with Defenders of Freedom, which is hosting the traveling exhibit.
"His parents came through the airport last week to meet his body when it came through at Dover (Delaware). They keep them up there and get them prepared and all that."
"I have always gotten the Department of Defense releases when we have deaths, but now every time I just notice again another Texan and thinking about filling our final frame," Cranston said.
"I hope we can stop. It’s probably not likely but that would be what you hope."
Cranston says some of her friends have sons in the exhibit and that is why she chose to be a part of it.
"There is a high price for it and as you look at these faces and as you read the note cards (left by visitors) you realize it’s not just that life, it’s the impact on so many others that it's very humbling, it's very sobering and some days it's harder than others. It's always very moving for me."