WAKEFIELD – Starting Friday, there will be four consecutive days everyone is welcome to join the Wakefield VFW for an exhibit featuring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Put on by Wakefield Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 5765, there will be an opening ceremony on Friday, September 8 with hours of operation being held from Friday through Monday, September 11 in remembrance of 9/11.
On September 11, 2001 “19 members of the Islamic terrorist group Al Qaeda perpetrated a devastating, deadly assault on the United States, crashing airplanes into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, killing thousands. The attacks shattered Americans’ sense of security, threw the nation into a state of emergency, and triggered a months-long war in Afghanistan and an extended worldwide “war on terrorism””.
Jason Jensen is entering his fourth year as the Quartermaster/Adjutant for the Wakefield VFW. He talked about the exhibit coming to town.
“It has been something that hasn’t even been 20 years yet,” Jensen mentioned. “People don’t really remember what September 11 is about. So, it was important to pick this weekend up and get everybody to remember what really happen on that day.”
Jensen has been with the VFW the past 10 years
Opening the weekend on Friday, the Wakefield kindergarten class will raise the flag at 10 a.m. from Veterans Park. Later in the day at 4:30 p.m. there’ll be a free-will pulled pork sandwich buffet with sides at the VFW located at 211 Main Street.
At 6 p.m. the opening ceremony will open with the national anthem performed by Wakefield Community School junior Devaney Brown, District 17 State Senator, Joni Albrecht is the guest speaker and Nebraska National Guard Command Sergeant Major, Marty Baker will also speak. The Invocation and Benediction will be given by Pastor Charity Potter as the ceremony will also close with the playing of taps. Music will be provided by Molly and John Temme of Wayne as exhibit hours will come to a close at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Jensen added more about the “Remembering Our Fallen of Nebraska” exhibit.
“There is probably about 97 people that are connected with exhibit,” Jensen added. “Either in combat related injuries or self-inflicted or just accidents overseas or at home.”
Throughout the weekend (Friday at 4 p.m. – Monday at 7 p.m.) there’ll also be a silent auction going on for the Wakefield VFW. A few items include season tickets to Wayne State College football, volleyball and basketball games as well as Northeast Community College signed volleyball and basketball plus other items. The silent auction will be held at the Legion.
The exhibit itself was actually in Wakefield two years ago during Balloon Days and the group wanted to do something about picking up the September 11 remembrance. Jensen would like to see when people view this exhibit, the sacrifices that the soldiers made for the freedom of others.
The “Remembering Our Fallen of Nebraska” exhibit will also hold hours of operation on Friday, September 8 from 4 – 8 p.m.; Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; on Sunday, September 10 from Noon until 6 p.m. with a 9/11 prayer service at 3 p.m. and Monday, September 11 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Visit www.rememberingourfallen.org for more information.