LA CROSSE, Wisc. (WLAX/WEUX) – More than five thousand people have died in service of our county since the attack on the twin towers nearly twenty years ago. First News at Nine’s Alex Loroff shows us how those men and women are being honored.
Banner by banner the lost sons and daughters show the cost of defending America’s freedom. The “Remembering Our Fallen” Memorial honors our country’s military focusing on those who died since the attacks of September 11th.
The traveling monument is on display for all to see at Western Technical College this week.
“When I think about Western today we serve over one thousand military connected families every year,” said Dr. Roger Stanford, Western Technical College President, “And our heritage, well, it’s been serving vets for one hundred years.”
Director of Veteran Services Jackie Helgeson says technical colleges provide more flexibility for veterans transferring out of the military. “It’s much easier to enter Western than a four-year based on when they get discharged and when they get out of the service. We tend to see more people start here and then they may eventually transfer over to UW-L or Viterbo or another four-year institution.”
Western President Dr. Roger Stanford says supporting fellow military members will continue to be a point of emphasis for the school. “As a veteran myself I’m proud to work at a military friendly college. One that serves those that served and care about it at this technical college.”
Western’s military connections lead to its hosting of the memorial, which is also sponsored by the Weber Group. Founder Don Weber is encouraging the community to visit the display and pay their respects for what the fallen fought for.
“All these individuals, 5,279, walk around, take a look, they put their lives out there for freedoms, and not only ours, for others around the world,” said Weber.
The memorial will be outside of Western’s student success center until Sunday evening.
The memorial is open to the public until 10 pm each night at Western Tech. The next stop for “Remembering Our Fallen” will be in Nebraska this week.