After touring the country for more than a year, a traveling memorial to U.S. military members killed in the war on terror is returning to the state where it all started.

But it won’t stay long. The Remembering Our Fallen National Memorial, built by Bill and Evonne Williams of Omaha, will be on display July 13-15 in Superior and July 27-29 in Gretna before heading back out of state, bound for Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and beyond.

The memorial, with the names and faces of fallen servicemen and women killed since Sept. 11, 2001, has spent the past year touring the country — including marquee visits to the Lincoln Memorial, Madison Square Park in New York and the Reagan Library in California.

* In Superior, about two hours southwest of Lincoln, the memorial will be set up near Fifth and Commercial streets from 8 a.m. July 13 to 6 p.m. July 15. An opening ceremony is planned for 7 p.m. July 13.

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* During Gretna Days, the display will be open from 9 a.m. July 27 to 5 p.m. July 29 at Peterson Park.

The display consists of 31 Tribute Towers with canvas panels containing the names and two photos each — a military portrait and personal picture — of 5,000 servicemen and women. And it’s growing; Evonne Williams is still finding and adding names and photos to the memorial, which debuted in Lincoln in June 2018 with 21 towers.




Peter Salter is a reporter.

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