In the cavernous central hall of the Aurora Municipal Center are portraits of the 85 men and women from Colorado who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the corner of each of their service portraits is a photo that their family submitted to the project called Remembering Our Fallen, curated by Bill Williams.
In true Colorado fashion, most of those pictures were taken outdoors.
At 2 p.m. today in the Aurora Municipal Center, there will be a ceremony celebrating the soldiers. All military families are invited, and "Colorado is a very patriotic state," Williams notes; the family members will be designated by a button, since the public is also welcome. The photos will also be available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28 at the facility at 15151 East Alameda Avenue. Omaha-based Williams wanted the display to be apolitical. "That they'll be remembered," is all he wants, he says. His personal connection to the project is just getting to interact with a lot of families who have lost members in Iraq and Afghanistan. Colorado is one of five states where the exhibit will be shown; each version is personalized for the state.