Remembering the fallen

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November 11th, 2010

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Remembering Our Fallen begins Nov. 14 at the SAC Museum in Ashland, NE (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Lincoln, NE – Veteran’s Day: a day Americans celebrate the men and women who have served their country in the armed forces. That celebration continues Sunday in Ashland when the Strategic Air and Space Museum presents a photo exhibit, Remembering Our Fallen. Jonathan Ash reports on the story of one soldier who fell from the War on Terror.

Chris Wolf is an advisor at Western Nebraska Community College. She’s part of a support program assisting veterans.

“I got into this program after our son died,” she said, “And it’s a way to honor him every day.”

Her son was James Wolf, a surveyor for the 52nd Engineer Battalion. Chris Wolf described how the 21-year-old Army Specialist gave his life for his country.

“They were headed to another base to help out another engineer group,” she said, “and there was a convoy of about six or seven vehicles, and he was in the second-to-last one, and they ran over an IED.”

An I-E-D is an improvised explosive device also known as a road-side bomb. Wolf said the brunt of the explosion that killed her son came up under him. Two other soldiers were in the vehicle: the driver was seriously injured, the other man returned to duty the next day.

“But he died of internal injuries as well as head injury.”

Wolf said Sunday’s event at the Strategic Air and Space Museum: an exhibit, Remembering Our Fallen, highlights a photo display of the fallen soldiers.

“You know, we see a picture, and a name and a date,” she said, “but there’s so much life behind that picture and that name and that date.”

The picture of James Wolf, one that’s part of the exhibit, is of him at his first Husker football game. That picture was taken three weeks before he was killed in the line of duty.

“November 6th, 2003,” Wolf said. “So it was seven years ago last Saturday.”

“People just need to appreciate the gift that they have been given and to appreciate all service men and women… and to not take it for granted, that our freedom doesn’t come free.”

Wolf said it’s easy to show appreciation to our U.S. service men and women. “If you see someone in uniform, go up and thank them for their service.”

Remembering Our Fallen begins at 1:30pm Sunday, November 14th at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland. The public is encouraged to bring flags to show support and appreciation.

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