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As part of their annual Vet Fest celebration, the Town of Whitehall has collaborated with the national memorial, “Remembering Our Fallen” to bring awareness around the sacrifices by members of the Delaware community and those of approximately 7,000 from around the country. Chase Bank is responsible for making the visit to Delaware possible.
The memorial will feature many of Delaware’s victims of the War on Terror, including those who died from wounds that resulted in suicide. The extraordinary presentation of the national loss is made on a series of structures that fill the size of a basketball court. The caretaker of the memorial, Noala Fritz, is the Gold Star mother of one of the fallen, Jacob Fritz, who was taken prisoner and executed.
The memorial will be on display after being erected by Delaware’s Gold Star community on September 27th. There is a “Welcome” ceremony on September 27th at 6:00 at Whitehall, the public is encouraged to attend. Event organizer Brian DiSabatino, CEO of EDiS Company says that he was motivated to bring the memorial to Delaware after it was brought to his attention by several friends. “After I learned about it, I flew out to Chicago to see it firsthand. I was moved. I suddenly realized how out of touch I had become with the individual stories of loss, as I moved from memorial panel to memorial panel. I wanted to introduce all 5,200 lost warriors to Delaware. I wanted to remind us all that their families need us as much today as they did the day they lost their children. They need us to remember their names and to live lives worthy of their sacrifices.”
The memorial will be on display from September 27th to October 2nd at The Town of Whitehall, 801 Mapleton Ave, Middletown, DE 19709, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.
During Vet Fest, Gold Star Families will be on hand as members of the community pay respects. Vet Fest is held on September 28th from 10am to 3:30 pm. During the event, the “fallen” will be honored in a parade and will be “carried” by many during the 5K run and 10K Ruck.
Delaware has lost a total of 20 young men and women in combat and many more from PTSD. During the week, event organizers are hoping that schools encourage students to visit the memorial to learn about the ultimate form of public service and to remember the needs of our veterans and their families. Delaware High Schools and their associated “fallen” are:
Remembering Our Fallen is a photographic war memorial that honors our country’s military Fallen from The War on Terror (9/11/2001 - Present). Unlike brick and mortar memorials, Remembering Our Fallen is designed to travel and includes both military and personal photos. Its legacy will be that these men and women will be remembered and their names will be spoken, while helping to lessen the grief of their families.
Nebraskans Bill & Evonne Williams who were inspired to create the memorial in the fall of 2010 created Remembering Our Fallen for a very specific reason. Their eternal hope is to honor the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, to provide comfort to friends and family of the Fallen, and to remind others of the tremendous cost paid by some. Its legacy will be that these men and women will never be forgotten, and that their names will be remembered. The inspiration for this project came after reading a story in the Omaha World-Herald about a father whose pain and grief were even greater four years after his son, SGT Joshua Ford, had died in Iraq.
Why? Because he felt his son had been forgotten…and the war was not even over yet.
To that end, Bill and Evonne decided to do something about it. In November 2010, with the backing of the Omaha World-Herald newspaper, and financial support of several sponsors, including Bellevue University, Bill & Evonne created a traveling photo memorial called Remembering Our Fallen. This memorial included photos of the Fallen who had died in The War on Terror since September 11, 2001, and called Nebraska home. Over the next few years they decided to create memorials for other states as well.
After completing 19 state memorials, the focus shifted to one National Memorial that encompasses the Fallen from across the country. This National Memorial was unveiled in September 2017 at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., and continues to tour the nation giving Americans across the country the opportunity to honor our Fallen.
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