Florida’s Fallen Veterans Remembered in Photo Exhibit

Monday, October 20, 2014

Valencia College will host the traveling photo exhibit, “Remembering Our Fallen,” for a week in November in celebration of Veteran’s Day.

More than 300 Florida service members have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The traveling memorial commemorates their lives with photographs, brief narratives, and written messages left by loved ones. Here are a few of those individuals:

  • Army Staff Sgt. Michael D. Thomas of Seffner learned of the plights of some Afghan women and bought a sewing machine with a buddy so the women could earn a living.
  • Army Pfc. Christopher T. Blaney of Winter Park enjoyed volunteering in a capacity that allowed him to work with lions and tigers; a photo shows him with a leopard.
  • Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Aaron A. Weaver of Inverness survived the 1993 battle of Mogadishu that was recounted in the film, “Black Hawk Down” and died in a helicopter crash in Iraq in 2004.

The exhibit will open on Monday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. with a public ceremony on the college’s West Campus in the courtyard of Building 11. To RSVP, go to http://remembering-our-fallen.eventbrite.com

The photo exhibit will remain open to the public through Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the lobby of Building 11. Valencia’s West Campus is located at 1800 S. Kirkman Road in Orlando.

The memorial was first unveiled in Tallahassee on Oct. 10 and will be traveling throughout the state of Florida (see tour information here). It was created by Patriotic Productions of Omaha with financial support from Bellevue University, a private, nonprofit university in Bellevue, Nebraska.

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