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2011.04.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Democrats to Prepare Tribute to the Fallen Outdoor Display

Omaha - On Sunday, April 10, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College Democrats will prepare their sixth consecutive Tribute to the Fallen outdoor display beginning at noon.

This three-day, nonpartisan event at UNO features the display of one American flag for every serviceman and servicewoman who has paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States.

The flags are lined evenly on the UNO campus green space, in the area known as the Pep Bowl, which is south of the Eppley Administration Building.

Each flag will represent those who fought for the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan. The flags will be placed beginning at noon on Sunday afternoon, with a team of dozens of student volunteers working through the day. Placing flags is expected to take more than 175 man hours from start to finish.

On Monday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 13, the name, rank, age and branch of service of each fallen service member will be read aloud beginning at 10 a.m. Reading more than 5,000 names is expected to last several days.

The flags will stand Tuesday in a day of silence for those fallen.

Civic and community leaders and citizens are invited to attend a closing ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, at 5 p.m. The ceremony will be highlighted by remarks from former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel and Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.

The ceremony will honor Nebraska’s fallen troops and conclude with a honor guard presentation. Families of those Nebraskan heroes who have given their lives, along with all veterans and their families, members of the Armed Services, and the general public are invited to attend Wednesday’s ceremony.

For more information, contact Kate Dowd, UNO College Democrats: (402) 201-6453 or kdowd6@gmail.com.

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