Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit Honors Nebraskans

WAKEFIELD – This past weekend and through Monday, September 11 the Wakefield VFW 5765 hosted the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit for the community to come in and view.

The weekend started with a flag raising, pledge of allegiance with the Wakefield Community School kindergarten class on Friday at 10 a.m. District 17 Senator Joni Albrecht was the guest speaker while Command Sergeant Major, Marty Baker gave a Nebraska National Guard address.

Quartermaster/Adjutant for the Wakefield VFW, Jason Jensen said it’s not just about the soldiers who passed away in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

“It’s the people,” said Jensen. “The first responders, our firefighters, our EMT’s, our police officers that have died in the line of duty or on 9/11.”

It has been 16 years since September 11, 2001.

There was also a free-will BBQ pulled pork buffet Friday evening where 60-70 people attended.

On Sunday, Jensen led a 9/11 prayer service.

“We had John and Molly Temme of Wayne, the owners of Miss Molly’s Coffee,” Jensen added. “They do some singing and they came out and sang for the opening ceremonies on Friday and then they sang for us yesterday (Sunday), also.”

The “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit was displayed all weekend long at the Wakefield VFW, located at 211 Main Street. There were about 100 soldiers connected with the exhibit as it was broken down to those who have fallen state-side and those who died in combat zone.

The exhibit was also at the Little Red Hen Theatre in Wakefield two years ago during Balloon Days.

In today’s news, Jensen mentioned just remembering is key.

“My four-year-old son I mean he didn’t even know what it was, but he had the shock in his face ‘oh what happen daddy?’,” Jensen mentioned. “Those are the things that I want my son to learn and I know others want their children to learn, too.”

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