A very emotional exhibit, “Remembering Our Fallen” from North Dakota, is a sad reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by 21 North Dakotans killed in The War on Terror.
Posted on 3/15/14
This unique exhibit is currently on display at the Cavalier County Courthouse in Langdon. Guests can view this exhibit during business hours March 3-21.
Anna Spivey, of the Langdon American Legion, was instrumental in bringing this to Cavalier County. She helped to secure funding from local sponsors. Spivey said that seeing the memorial reminded her of the Vietnam Memorial and the traveling memorial.
“After seeing it, I felt that it was something that this community needed to see.” Spivey said. Spivey encourages all ages to go and look at the exhibit and reflect on those that gave their lives.
“The warriors of the 21st Century, professionals, who volunteered to join the United States Armed Forces, grew up in the shadow of September 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,” said Colonel James Biernesser, USAF (Ret.).
The exhibit is part of a larger exhibit put together by Patriotic Productions, formed by Bill & Evonne Williams of Omaha, Neb. While neither of them have a military background, they wanted to ensure that those who sacrificed for this nation were not forgotten. They started with pictures of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and had called Nebraska home. Soon after their first exhibit was displayed, Bellevue University asked if they would be interested in making similar displays for other states. The Williamses agreed after seeing the impact their first display made on the families and the public. By putting together similar displays, the Williamses ensured the memories of those fallen would be remembered while helping to lessen the grief of their families.
With the intention of moving the display throughout the state, the North Dakota Department of the American Legion has taken on the responsibility for moving the exhibit from community to community. The traveling display was on display in Watford City, then Langdon. From Langdon it will be transported to Buffalo, Linton and finally Larimore.
“This exhibit is created so it can travel easily throughout North Dakota, so that more people will have the opportunity to honor and remember North Dakota’s Fallen.”
The exhibit is open to the public. More information please visit: www.rememberingourfallen.org.