War on Terror memorial displayed at Clay County Fair

Mark Bailey (left), Brett Miller, Valley McDonald, Mike
Anderson of Clay Center and Melvin Smith of Harvard salute
as motorcycle riders escort the Remembering Our Fallen
exhibit to the Clay County fairgrounds Wednesday.

CLAY CENTER — Seeing dozens of motorcycles rumbling across the gravel road to the Clay County Fairgrounds left Jim and Cathy Fischer a little overwhelmed.

The Fischers of rural Hastings were among the small crowd at the fairground Wednesday waiting for the bikers who escorted the Remembering Our Fallen display to Clay Center where it will be displayed for the Clay County Fair. Jim and Cathy are the father and stepmother of former Harvard resident Jeremy Fischer who died exactly nine years ago, July 11, 2004, in Samarra, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their convoy vehicle.

Remembering Our Fallen includes photos and information of Nebraskans killed during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"You always keep the memory but sometimes you forget the physical aspect of it," Cathy said. "For Jim, I could tell in his face seeing that physically was hard for him but that's a nice touch. You need to bring those memories out. It's like looking at a photo album."
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