Our mission is to honor our military from today's War on Terror going back to World War II, including those who have died, while serving the USA. We do that by creating photo memorials, holding events open to veterans, their families and the public, and recording stories for future generations. There will be a Female Veterans Only Flight to Washington D.C. on Sept 24, 2018 and funds are needed to support this effort.
"Remembering Our Fallen" began in 2010 when we created the first traveling photo memorial of our country's Fallen from Nebraska. It has never stopped traveling Nebraska and continues to move weekly to communities all over the state. We have created memorials in 18 other states, which represent 60% of our country's Fallen from The War on Terror since 9/11/01. We have now turned the corner to create a NATIONAL memorial to include all of our country's Fallen, totaling almost 7,000. "Remembering Our Fallen" was unveiled in Washington, D.C. in September, 2017, and then begin traveling the country, similar to the Vietnam Wall that travels. Gold Star families are those who have lost a loved one in the war, and their greatest fear is that s/he will be forgotten. "Remembering Our Fallen" helps to alleviate this fear, while reminding others of the tremendous cost of freedom.
The American Spirit Summit is a speaker series dedicated to high school students. The 5th Annual Summit was held 9-3-2017 and included Dr. Tom Osborne who talked about character. The speakers share how they have overcome adversity. Students today are too quick to give up, and these role models will, hopefully, be someone they will remember when facing difficult times. Speakers in previous years include Bridget Kelly (raped and shot three times), Kris Paronto (one of the "13 Hours in Benghazi" contractors), Bobby Henline (burned from a roadside bomb in Iraq and now a stand-up comedian) and Chris Koch (Canadian farmer born without arms & legs), among a few others who have overcome great adversity.
Thank you notes from the Honor Flights included: "It was the trip of a lifetime." "It was one of the best days of my life." Another note
included these comments: "You all gave me my first and only homecoming! It was wonderful!"
And a daughter wrote: "After he heard he was selected to go on the flight, I could hear a change in him for the better."
REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN THANK YOU NOTES:If the purpose of a war memorial is to help us remember the sacrifices of the Heroes, and to help us heal from our sorrow, then your mission has been accomplished. Thank you for this tremendous gift.
- 1LT Daniel P. Riordan's Mother