Military members remembered for service, sacrifice
December 10th, 2013
Omaha, NE– Nursing students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha honored two families in remembrance of their loved ones who have lost their lives serving their country.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/FINAL.mp3]
The families of Army National Guard Sgt. Tricia Jameson and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Blake were presented with flags by representatives from Nebraska Honor and Remember, a national organization that honors the sacrifices of military members who have died in the line of duty.
Jim Meier, who serves on the Nebraska Honor and Remember flag committee, said families want to preserve the memory of their loved ones.
“Their concern would be that somehow or someway their family member that was killed in action or died as a result of service to country would be forgotten and they never ever want them to be forgotten for their service and sacrifice,” Meier said.
Meier presented Pat Jameson, mother of Sgt. Tricia Jameson of Omaha, with a flag during the ceremony. Tricia was a medic serving in Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated while she was caring for injured service members July 14, 2005. Tricia had unknowingly received an acceptance letter to nursing school the day she was deployed.
The organization has presented 36 flags to families, according to family coordinator Clifford Leach. He said their goal is to honor a total of 109 families with flags.
“It’s our goal to make sure each and every Nebraska family has one of these flags in their possession,” Leach said.
Leach presented Jessica Blake, her children and in-laws with a flag in remembrance of her husband Thomas of Spencer, Neb. Thomas was killed in a military jet crash in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 21, 2005. At the time Jessica was pregnant with their second child. Jessica is currently a nursing student at UNMC.
Nursing student Kate Weidemann helped coordinate the ceremony. She has been one of Jessica’s classmates since 2012.
“She’s our class leader,” Weidemann said. “She does a lot of things to help our class and promote things like Project Linus and other things that we do. This is some way that our class can give back to her and say ‘thank you’ for all that she has done for us.”
Honor and Remember recently received a donation that will allow them to buy more flags and reach their goal of honoring every Nebraskan who has fallen in the line of duty.
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