By Lora-Marie Bernard
A NATIONAL touring exhibit to commemorate the life of every Texas troop killed in the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts is to go on display in the county for 12 days to help commemorate Veterans Day in November.
The Remembering Our Fallen exhibit depicts the name, rank and photo of each of the 600 Texans who served the United States during the “war on terror” and features each of Galveston County’s fallen troops.
The 200-foot-long free exhibit will be on display in the lobby of World’s Gym at Mall Of The Mainland in Texas City from November 1 until November 12.
Texas-based nonprofit organization LifeDonation.org will host the exhibit, which will be on loan to Texas Funeral Directors Association from its funding organization, Nebraska’s Bellevue University, during its national tour.
LifeDonation.org, which benefits people who want to donate their bodies to science, collaborated with Carnes funeral home and the trade association to bring the tour’s Texas leg to Galveston County. Other collaborating partners are World’s Gym and Jerome Karam Inc.
“When you see this exhibit, it affects you,” sponsor Jay Carnes said.
“It is moving and it makes you see the wars through the lens of a single soldier. It’s something to see those who sacrificed to protect you looking back at you.”
The exhibit’s national tour is taking it to 18 states, with each leg commemorating the fallen from its host state. The number of troops featured in the Texas display is second only to that in California, where 900 troops fell in the line of duty during the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts.
Mary Hawkins, president of Bellevue University, said the exhibit’s creators designed the project to have a direct impact on all who view it.
“We can never forget those who sacrificed everything for our freedom,”
“We must remember these American heroes and speak their names when we see their family members.”