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Remembering Our Fallen on display in Clermont


A memorial remembering fallen Iowans spent the Memorial Day weekend in Clermont.

Remembering Our Fallen salutes Iowa's fallen heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Leif White served in the 1-133rd "Ironman" Battalion just before they received notice they would go to Iraq.

He knows it could easily be his picture on this display to Iowa soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"There are some people I didn't necessarily work with but I've seen in person and they're all local people from Iowa so you know their background, how they grew up, where they came from and their lifestyle, and it's all taken away," said White.

The display travels around the state with the names, pictures, and details of Iowa brothers, fathers, sons and daughters who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

"It can definitely take your breath away as it has mine the first time I saw it and saw it all put together. We put on a closed session for family members from a 100 mile radius. Many said 'Thank you. I've had the chance to have closure without interruption,'" said Randy Frank.

Frank and American Legion Post 375 helped bring the display to the Clermont Opera House for the Memorial Day weekend.

"We thought it was important to bring it here this time of year for the reason of Memorial Day so people can't take more than a glancing moment of what our freedom costs and what it is we do and all the soldiers do to provide that freedom for us," said Frank.

White agrees.

He thinks the memorial is a fitting tribute to his brothers in arms and hope more people make a point to see it.

Those who brought the display to Clermont included a memorial to PFC Christopher Horns.

Horns is part of Colorado's display to its fallen but because he has many family members in northeast Iowa, organizers wanted to include him as well.

"Remembering Our Fallen" will now move to Johnston where it will be on display for about a week starting Wednesday.

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