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Greg Gassen of Beaver Dam stands in front of the Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit at Peace Lutheran Church in this 2012 photo. The exhibit returns to Beaver Dam Friday through Sunday.

Remembering Our Fallen, an exhibit that includes portraits of about 130 men and women who died in the War on Terror in Afghanistan or Iraq, will be in Beaver Dam this weekend.

Remembering Our Fallen will be in the Fellowship Hall in the lower level of Peace Lutheran Church. The exhibit will be open Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The parking and entry area will be marked by U.S. flags.

There is no charge, but donations toward the cost of transporting and setting up the display will be accepted.

The photo exhibit was created by Patriotic Productions of Omaha, Neb. The first exhibit honored service men and women from Nebraska. Since then, similar exhibits have been created in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin exhibit opened in Madison at the State Capitol in July 2012 and was well received in Beaver Dam last September.

In addition to the portraits, the exhibit includes family and personal photos and handwritten notes.

Among those honored in the display are Sgt Kirk Straseskie, Lance Cpl. Ryan Cantafio and Pfc. Jacob Gassen of Beaver Dam, Pfc. Rachel Bosveld of Waupun, Spc. Michael J. Wendling and 1st Lt. David Johnson of Mayville, and Capt. John F. Kurth of Columbus.

Greg Gassen, father of Pfc. Jacob Gassen, said he and his wife Barb asked last year if the exhibit could return to Beaver Dam. He said it is a good fit with the American Hero Festival and he was moved by the exhibit last year.

“It’s a beautiful exhibit,” Gassen said in 2012. “It’s powerful, real powerful.”

Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy described the exhibit as “sacred looking.”

More information is available at: www.rememberingourfallen.org.