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'Remembering Our Fallen' exhibit comes to Wappapello

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(Source: Andrew Jefferson, Lead Park Ranger for Wappapello Lake's Interpretive Program) (Source: Andrew Jefferson, Lead Park Ranger for Wappapello Lake's Interpretive Program)
(Source: Andrew Jefferson, Lead Park Ranger for Wappapello Lake's Interpretive Program) (Source: Andrew Jefferson, Lead Park Ranger for Wappapello Lake's Interpretive Program)
(Source: Andrew Jefferson, Lead Park Ranger for Wappapello Lake's Interpretive Program) (Source: Andrew Jefferson, Lead Park Ranger for Wappapello Lake's Interpretive Program)
(Source: Andrew Jefferson, Lead Park Ranger for Wappapello Lake's Interpretive Program) (Source: Andrew Jefferson, Lead Park Ranger for Wappapello Lake's Interpretive Program)
(Source: Andrew Jefferson, Lead Park Ranger for Wappapello Lake's Interpretive Program) (Source: Andrew Jefferson, Lead Park Ranger for Wappapello Lake's Interpretive Program)
WAPPAPELLO, MO (KFVS) - A special exhibit to remember the men and women who gave their all in The War on Terror will be on display at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center at Wappapello Lake from Aug. 27 until Labor Day.

Each state has its own fallen on the exhibit as it travels to hometowns across the country. It will be also be featured in schools, businesses and other organizations around the country. States like Illinois and Kentucky are among those who are not yet featured, but according to local veterans will soon have traveling memorials as well. 

Retired Staff Sgt. Mary Bader is among the organizers who worked to bring the display to the center in Wappapello and will be part of the special ceremony Saturday at 9:30 in the morning. The ceremony will feature local Boy Scout troop #416, JROTC students from Poplar Bluff and many others. SEMO Veterans Honor Guard will provide the 21 Gun Salute and Taps. Melvin S. Hoopingarner of VFW Post #3416 will serve as Master of Ceremonies. 

Every name of Missouri's fallen who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan in the War on Terror will be read during the honors. Staff Sgt. Bader served for 10 months in Baghdad and says she knows all two well what those who paid the ultimate price experienced, and she is more than appreciative of their service. 

"You get this feeling of honor of pride and sometimes there's no words for it," said Staff Sgt. Bader. "I just think it's important for people to come here and remember because I know it's hard for the families of these young soldiers. The first time I came up here to see this it was very moving for me. It's hard coming up here looking at their ages, so young."

The display includes many familiar faces for Heartland families who have left notes beside the pictures displayed in tribute. 

"'Remembering our Fallen' was created to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It's legacy will be that these men and women will never be forgotten and that their names will be remembered and spoken," according to a statement from Bellevue University which sponsors the exhibit.

"Remembering our Fallen" officially opens at the visitor center Wednesday, Aug. 27 to memorialize those who have given their lives since September 11, 2001. 

If you would like to visit: 

"Remembering Our Fallen"
Open: August 27 to September 1
Free admission
Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center at Wappapello, MO (The Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center is located at the south end of the Wappapello Dam.)
Open daily 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

There will be a special ceremony on Aug. 30 at 9:30 a.m. 

For more information visit the website for Remembering our Fallen.

More information
on the event at Wappapello Lake.

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