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Display honors those killed in Iraq, Afghanistan

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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Visitors to the "Remember Our Fallen" exhibit in Portageville take a closer look at photos and medals of Army Specialist Ricky L. Bell. Bell, a native of Caruthersville, was killed in Iraq in 2007. The exhibit is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the First State Community Bank, 801 Highway 61 in Portageville. Staff photo
PORTAGEVILLE -- While America honors those who served in the nation's Armed Forces on Veterans Day, the city of Portageville is also remembering those who served and sacrificed their lives.

"Remembering Our Fallen," an exhibit featuring Missouri men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is on display from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the First State Community Bank, 801 Highway 61 in Portageville.

The exhibit, which has crisscrossed the state, features photos of some 140 Missourians. The Portageville exhibit also includes memorabilia from two area soldiers - Caruthersville native Army Specialist Ricky L. Bell, who died in Iraq in 2007, and First Lt. Camden Bock, who was killed in Iraq in 2006.

The exhibit opened Friday at the Bank with a special program, which included the posting of the colors by members of the National Guard 1221st Transportation Company. Jana Morris, branch president, welcomed those attending the opening as did Portageville Mayor Butch Williams.

Guest speaker was H. Riley Bock of New Madrid and the father of Lt. Bock.

Calling the panels of pictures a somber reminder of lives lived and lost, Bock added it is important for citizens to remember those pictured in the display.

"Today, for those of us who could make it here this morning, and others who will visit over the next week, we pause to remember a group of men and women from Missouri who gave their lives and futures to this nation against the War on Terror," he continued.

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