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September 4, 2013

American Fallen Warrior Memorial to be in Moore

NORMAN — The American Fallen Warrior Memorial Tour will be in Moore on Sunday. The exhibit will be located at The Home Depot, 650 SW 19th St.

Build it Now America – that’s the rallying cry of the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation (AFWMF) as it prepares to launch its national GoldStar11 tour in order to raise awareness and funds for the building of a $30 million national Memorial in Kansas City, Kan., to honor those fallen service men and women lost in conflicts since the Gulf War.

The GoldStar11 tour will begin on Aug. 31, at the Red Sox JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., and wind its way through 14 cities and 13 states before finishing up on Sept. 23, at the Fort Douglas Military Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The tour’s top headliners will be two historic and inanimate artifacts known as Star11 and UT6. Both Star11 and UT6 are cement blocks that were removed from the slurry wall at Ground Zero under the World Trade Center and commissioned to be sculpted into finished forms of 9/11 memorial artwork. Star11 will become the showcase artifact at the must-be-built American Fallen Warrior Memorial in Kansas City. UT6 will have a celebrated resting place at Fort Douglas.

The traveling convoy, which is free and open to the public, will enable visitors to climb onto the convoy’s staging area to touch and take photographs with Star11 and UT6. During this viewing time, patriotic music will regale the crowds and a large American flag, courtesy of Annin Flagmakers, will be hoisted and flying above the entire scene. Also on stage will be Gold Star family members, veterans, military and elected officials wishing to share personal stories, celebrate loved ones and welcome AFWMF officials.

The professionally produced live entertainment show will be handled by AFWMF spokespeople and performers such as Nathan Osmond, Jeff Senour, Diana Nagy and Bert Lynch.

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