Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum to host and unveil memorial
A very emotional traveling memorial, “Remembering Our Fallen” from New York is a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by 300 of our country’s fallen who called New York home and died from wounds suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan (since September 11, 2001) while wearing our country’s uniform. The memorial includes military and personal photos of each fallen to remind Americans of the cost of freedom, while helping to alleviate the
greatest fear of their families: that they will be forgotten.
“We can never forget those who sacrificed everything for our freedom. The greatest fear of the Gold Star families is that their fallen loved ones will be forgotten. We must remember these American Heroes and speak their names when we see their family members,” said Bill Williams, vice president of Patriotic Productions, the memorial’s cofounder. “Most of our young men and women who joined the military in the past 15 years did so because 9/11/01 was a defining moment for them.”
New York’s Gold Star family members will be among the first to see this memorial and attend the dedication ceremony, including the family of New York’s most recent fallen, TSgt Joseph “Superman” Lemm. The Intrepid Museum has offered to host the event made possible by First Data, sponsor of the unveiling ceremony.
Three of New York’s fallen were only 18 years old and 34 were 20 or younger. Three were age 50+, including Major General Harold Greene, KIA in an insider attack and one of the highest ranking officers to be killed; eight of New York’s Fallen are women. SSG Christian Engeldrum, a fireman with Ladder Co. 61, assisted on 9/11/01 and is included in the memorial; he was NYC’s first city employee to die in the war.
Patriotic Productions has a mission of honoring United States military. New York’s memorial is the 19th to be completed, representing 55 percent of our country’s fallen in the following completed exhibits: AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, KS, MO, ND, NE, NY, OK, SC, TX, WI. Their goal is to launch a national tour in 2017, including the country’s 6,852 fallen.