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Monument unveiled in memory of Cedar Falls soldier


A soldier killed in Afghanistan has a new memorial in Cedar Falls.

Travis Vaughn was a native of Cedar Falls who served three tours in Afghanistan. He died in a Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2007.

On Saturday, dozens of people met at Vaughn's alma mater, Cedar Falls High School, to unveil a permanent memorial for the soldier.

The monument was donated by the Missouri-based nonprofit, Flags for Freedom.

The goal of the nonprofit is to create a monument for every soldier killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This day means a lot not only to me, but to my whole family," said Christine Vaughn, mother of Travis.

"It's just amazing the support and outreach that people give us you know across American, not just locally but across American, and it means a lot," she said.

The dedication of the monument ended with a reading from Vaughn's younger brother and a dove release.

Family members hope people who see the monument will recognize and appreciate not only Vaughn, but all those who have served the country.

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