Traveling war memorial at State Fair through Saturday
Visitors to the North Dakota State Fair have the opportunity to view “Remembering Our Fallen,” a traveling photo memorial honoring military members who died during the War on Terror from Sept. 11, 2001 to present.
Noala Fritz, a Gold Star Mother from Verdon, Neb., will be manning the memorial through Saturday. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. daily however the exhibit is on display at other hours as well. There is no charge to visit the memorial.
Photos of 25 fallen who are from North Dakota are included in the memorial.
The inspiration for “Remembering Our Fallen” came from a Nebraska father who felt his son, Sgt. Joshua Ford, had been forgotten, according to memorial information.
Created by the nonprofit Patriotic Productions, Inc., of Omaha, Neb.,the memorial was unveiled in September 2017 at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The memorial has been been touring the country for two years, according to Fritz. She said it has expanded from 21 towers to today’s 32 towers. More than 5,000 photos of those who have died in the War on Terror while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are displayed on the memorial.
For more information or to add a fallen hero to the memorial visit www.Remembering Our Fallen.org or www.PatrioticProductions.org.
Twenty-five North Dakotans are listed on the memorial. They include:
– Paul A. Beyer, U.S. Army, Jamestown
– Philip D. Brown, Army National Guard, Jamestown
– Keenan A. Cooper, U.S. Army, Wahpeton
– Thomas Avery Doyle, U.S. Army, Jamestown
– Dennis J. Ferderer Jr., U.S. Army, New Salem
– Jon P. Fettig, Army National Guard, Dickinson
– Dane J. Garcia, U.S. Army, Devils Lake
– Nathan J. Goodiron, Army National Guard, Mandaree
– Kenneth W. Hendrickson, Army National Guard, Bismarck
– Michael L. Hermann, Army National Guard, Fargo
– Alan R. Johnson, U.S. Army Reserve, Montpelier
– Christopher K. Kleinwachter, Army National Guard, Grand Forks
– Lance J. Koenig, Army National Guard, Fargo
– David C. Kuehl, U.S. Army, Wahpeton
– Darren M. Linde, Army National Guard, Devils Lake
– Rocky B. Littlewind, U.S. Marine Corps, Devils Lake
– Curtis R. Mehrer, Army National Guard, Bismarck
– Anthony “Tony” W.H. Monroe, U.S. Army, Bismarck
– Tyler J. Orgaard, Army National Guard, Bismarck
– Jeremiah S. Santos, U.S. Army, Minot
– Keith L. Smette, Army National Guard, Makoti
– Thomas J. Sweet, U.S. Army, Bismarck
– Travis A. Van Zoest, Army National Guard, Bismarck
– Cody L. Wentz, Army National Guard, Williston
– Jonathan C. Yanney, U.S. Army, Hettinger