Emotional exhibit honors fallen heroes


The emotional exhibit, “Remembering Our Fallen,” pays tribute to the ultimate sacrifice made by 710 heroes from California who have been killed during the war on terror. A stark reminder of the cost of fighting terrorism, the memorial photo exhibit will be on display weekdays through Friday, March 20, at Rockwell Collins Inc. in Poway.

“We must remember these American heroes and speak their names when we see their family members. We can never forget those who sacrificed everything for our freedom,” said Dr. Mary Hawkins, president of Bellevue University, which is sponsoring the event. “This exhibit is created in such a way so it can travel throughout California, offering more people an opportunity to remember California Fallen.”

Bellevue University was founded in 1966 and has been a military-friendly school for 45 years. An early adopter of distance learning, Bellevue now is a leader in online education with students in every state and 55 foreign countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq.

The photo exhibit, which includes military and personal photos of each of the California Fallen, is traveling throughout the state, with Poway being its latest stop. Of the 710 heroes featured in the exhibit, 72 were from San Diego County.

The exhibit will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rockwell Collins,12365 First American Way, Poway. There is no admission charge for the exhibit.

This exhibit and 13 other state exhibits have been created by Patriotic Productions, a nonprofit organization based in Omaha. The organization’s goal is to complete an exhibit for every state.

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Source: DiscoverSD