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 Jacque Smith, Director of Public Relations

Sept. 1, 2004

Wall of Remembrance comes to Union College

LINCOLN—An artistic Wall of Remembrance will be available for viewing at Union College’s Ortner Center Sept. 7-10. The wall is 20 feet long and contains the names and pictures of the 900 American soldiers who lost their lives from the beginning of the war in Iraq until the handover of power on June 29, 2004.
        The wall is also inscribed with these words: “By this Wall we remember and honor our soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq. We believe the deaths of these young men and women need to be acknowledged and mourned, not just by their loved ones but by out entire community and nation. The Wall of Remembrance is our way of doing this in a quiet and respectful manner.”
        The wall was designed and constructed by Central Nebraska Peace Workers and is being brought to Lincoln by the non-partisan group Nebraska Coalition for Peace and by the Prairie Peace Park. 
        “It’s a way to honor people who have sacrificed their lives,” said Chris Blake, associate professor of English, who was instrumental in bringing the wall to Union. “It is important to know what is going on in the world around us.”
        There will be a book at the exhibit in which viewers may write impressions and thoughts about the exhibit. The wall will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.