Hundreds escort “Remembering Our Fallen Memorial” to Casper College
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It started on the eastern border of Wyoming in Torrington and is now in the Casper College parking lot. Hundreds of veterans, military families and Wyomingites joined the escort of a memorial that honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
The “Remembering Our Fallen Tribute Towers” is a traveling memorial that honors U.S. men and women who gave their lives in the global war on terror, which began after 9/11. There are towers for thousands of those we’ve lost in Afghanistan and Iraq, those we’ve lost to post traumatic stress disorder, and those we’ve lost at home.
“The towers have them in their military uniform, the hero in their military uniform. Then there’s an inset picture and the inset picture is what really pulls people in because that is their love of life, their hobby, their family,” said Noala Fritz, a Gold Star mother who travels with the memorial across the nation.
Many joined the escort at the Hat Six Travel Plaza, and made their way with it to Casper College, where a flag line greeted them.
“I got family that has friends on these walls. My father’s active duty military, one of his best friends is on this memorial. It’s just heartwarming to see the community come together and support veterans the way they do,” said Casper College Veterans Club PR officer, Austin Brooks.
“This is what it’s all about. It does my heart good knowing that we have so many people in our state that support these types of causes, cause they are so important,” said Casper College Veterans and International Students Coordinator, Nicholas Whipps.
A few Gold Star mothers were in attendance for the escort. To see the amount of people that came to support it, meant a lot.
“It was very emotional for me to begin to see the riders, there were maybe 12 at the border. For the people in Casper and the riders, this was like, it’s our chance, we are going to show our patriotism and it was awesome,” said Fritz.
“When you lose a loved one in military service to the country, that’s the one thing that everybody can do, is to remember them, and so this is a remembrance and it’s just so wonderful to see everyone is still remembering and everybody still cares and honors that sacrifice,” said Gold Star mother, Megan Schafer.
“Seeing all those riders and the trucks and the flags, it’s just patriotism,” said Gold Star mother, Pam Stemple.
Stemple said she’d love everyone to come see the memorial and say each person’s name. She said the worst thing that can happen, is your child’s name is never mentioned again.
The opening ceremony for the memorial will be Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Casper College parking lot to ensure space to social distance. The memorial will be in town until August 4th and open to the public 24/7.
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