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Omaha Public Schools Army JROTC: Remembering our Fallen Heroes

Remembering our Fallen Heroes

Remembering our Fallen Heroes
Photo Credit: LTC (R) Michael DeBolt

  • Posted on Dec 27th, 2021
  • Story by: LTC (R) Michael DeBolt
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The Remembering Our Fallen Heroes display recently traveled to all seven Omaha Public high schools and district Teacher Administration Center building. This is a very special display – a traveling memorial to the 83 Nebraskans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation since Sept. 11, 2001. It is in memory of those killed in the War On Terror while wearing the country’s uniform in a war zone.

It includes photos – both military and personal – as well as items, notes and more belonging to those individuals. High School letters of the Central Eagles, North Vikings, South Packers and Northwest Huskies adorned the memorial, signifying their proud connection to Omaha Public Schools.

"My heart goes out to these families who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom," said Lt. Colonel Michael DeBolt, Director of Army Instruction, Omaha Public Schools.

"These men and women are our heroes," he said. “Every photograph has a story and they each have loved ones that misses them every day. Several of them were my students and that makes it especially hard.”

Many photos held messages of thanks, "We miss you," "Godspeed" and "Thank you for your service." Some had pictures of spouses or fiancés mounted beside them; others had pictures of children tacked on.

To the left of display is a table, with our most recent losses to include, Marine Corporal Daegan Page, among the 13 troops killed Aug. 26 in a suicide bomber attack during the evacuation mission in Afghanistan in July 2021.

The display was created by Patriotic Productions, a non-profit organization headquartered in Omaha. Co-creator, Bill Williams, said, “We must remember these American heroes and speak their names when we see their family members. We can never forget those who sacrificed for our freedom. While this memorial is about those who have died, it was created for the living . . . to help the families in their grief, while reminding the rest of us of the terrible price paid for our freedom by our current generation of military.”

“I’m proud to have this display coming to the Omaha Public Schools,” Merle Rambo, Central JROTC class of’ ’68, said. “This is a great way to honor and remember those who made the greatest sacrifice.” Mr. Rambo and former ROTC student Kris Paranto, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, paid for the memorial to be on display.


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