The Parker Arts, Culture & Events (Pace) center held the opening ceremony for the national touring photographic exhibit “Remembering Our Fallen” on Saturday, July 14. It was a somber atmosphere for the tribute and memorial of the ultimate sacrifice that 89 Coloradoans made during The War on Terror.
Mayor David Casiano of Parker and PACE staff welcomed guests with a reception of sweet treats and beverages. The honor guard was on-hand politely posing for visitor photos before their escort of the national flag at the ceremonial start.
The photos and short biographies of those pictured were accented with emotional and inspiring on-the-job pictures, illustrating strength and courage in the day-to-day actions of our servicemen and women. The eloquent words of Ronald Reagan hanging among the photos read:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”
The exhibit was created by Bill and Evonne Williams of Patriotic Productions in Omaha, Nebraska and sponsored by Bellevue University.
The tour will visit Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Oklahoma. Additional states are being added to the tour through the year.
The exhibit is free to the public thanks to the financial sponsorship of the city of Parker. Viewing will be open from July 14- 24.