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Remembering Our Fallen In Texas photo exhibit visits Killeen


The Killeen Civic and Conference center opened the touring "Remembering our Fallen in Texas" photo exhibit on Tuesday and will be in town until Thursday, Aug. 22.

"The cost of our freedom is very high and you can see that on display," said founder of Defenders of Freedom Donna Cranston, "And I think we all need to remember that."

The display commemorates nearly 600 Texans killed in the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It was created by Bill & Evonne Williams of Patriotic Productions in Omaha and is financially sponsored by Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska.

Hand-written notes from loved ones are laminated then pinned alongside photos of the fallen soldiers.

One laminated note in blue marker reads in scribbled writing, "I love you even though I didn't see you." 

The note was pinned alongside a photo of Private First Class Aaron M. Hudson, 20 from Highland Village, Tex.  

A short caption under the photo of Private First Class Aaron M. Hudson's was the date, location and cause of death, "April 16, 2005 – IED, Iraq." IED stands for improvised explosive device.

For individuals like Donna, who travel across Texas with the exhibit, feel the pain and sadness everyday but make it their mission to keep the memories of the fallen alive.

"That's the one thing that the families say over and over," said Donna, "is that I don't want my loved one forgotten."

Killeen is the exhibit's fourth stop and is on loan to Defenders of Freedom in Dallas.  If you are interested in bringing this photo exhibit to your community or underwriting touring costs contact Donna Cranston, or at 214-232-4962.

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