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2010.04.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Democrats Prepare Fifth “Tribute to the Fallen"

Omaha - On Sunday, April 25, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College Democrats will prepare their fifth "Tribute to the Fallen" display beginning at 1 p.m.

The three-day, nonpartisan event at the heart of UNO's main campus features the display of one American flag for every serviceman and servicewoman who has died in service to the United States in recent years in Iraq and Afghanistan. The flags are lined evenly on the UNO campus green space, in the area known as the Pep Bowl adjacent to UNO's Eppley Administration Building.

"Last year’s tribute required 4,125 flags," said UNO College Democrats President Brittany Grabow. "We are committed to continuing this somber memorial so long as lives continue to be lost and new flags remain to be added."

The flags will be placed beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, with a team of dozens of student volunteers working through the night. Placing flags is expected to take more than 175 hours from start to finish.

On Monday, April 26, and Wednesday, April 28, the name, rank, age and branch of service of each fallen soldier, sailor, marine and airman will be read aloud beginning at 10 a.m. Reading more than 4,000 names is expected to take seven hours to complete. The flags will stand Tuesday, April 27 in a day of silence for those fallen.

Civic and community leaders, along with citizens, are invited to attend a closing ceremony at the Pep Bowl on Wednesday, April 28, at 5 p.m. The ceremony will honor Nebraska’s fallen troops and will feature the National Antehm. The ceremony will feature addresses by Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, U.S. Army veteran and commander of the local GI Forum Lawrence Bradley, and the reading of the names of Nebraska's fallen.

Families of those Nebraskans who have given their lives, along with all veterans and their families, members of the military, and the general public are invited to attend Wednesday’s ceremony.

For more information, visit www.tributetothefallen.com or call Brittany Grabow, (402) 203-6553.


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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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