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The Fallen Heroes of the Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial will soon be on display at the Prince Edward County Courthouse October 6-8.

A product of Veterans and Athletes United (VAU), an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit veterans organization that provides programs and support for veterans with disabilities, the memorial takes the form of the American flag when draped over the coffin of a fallen serviceman and is made up of over 7,000 dog tags that display the names of those who fell in the war on terror. Part of VAU’s mission is to honor all who have fallen for this cause.

The flag, measuring 6 feet high and 28 feet wide, has 50 gold stars honoring families of gold stars across the country. He has traveled to over 50 locations across the United States since 2018, and all proceeds from his Gold Star Family Organizations and the GWOT Memorial Foundation’s mission to build a national memorial in Washington DC

The American Legion Post 32 in Farmville will host the memorial’s temporary exhibit in town. The flag will be on display at the Prince Edward County Courthouse starting October 6 with an opening ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m.

“We hope to raise awareness of the high price paid for this flag and keep our country free,” said James Howard, founder and president of VAU. “Behind each of the 7,040 identity plaques hides a personal story of true heroism and selfless sacrifice. We hope that our memorial will provide visitors with the opportunity to honor, reflect and heal. Remember all those who gave their lives to defend this great country in the war on terrorism. So many people who gave their tomorrows for our today.

According to a VAU statement, the memorial will remain in Farmville until the morning of October 8, then travel to the Appomattox Railroad Festival.

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