Remembering the Fallen memorial

This Remembering the Fallen memorial will be at Festus Middle School from Nov. 11-15.

The Missouri edition of the “Remembering Our Fallen” traveling memorial will be at Festus Middle School, 1717 W. Main St., from Monday through Friday, Nov. 11-15.

The memorial honors Missourians who have died during the War on Terror since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S.

Students will be able to view the memorial, which will be at the school’s library, all five days, and the public is invited to view it from 4-8 p.m. on Nov. 12 and Nov. 14. There is no admission fee.

The Festus Middle School Community Outreach Professional Learning Communities (PLC) group is sponsoring the event, which is being made possible through donations from the Andy Habsieger Foundation and the Festus Middle School Student Council. Each of the two organizations contributed $400 to help bring the memorial to the Festus school.

Tim Krysl, a Festus Middle School history teacher, said the display has particular relevance to the Festus R-6 community because Andrew J. Habsieger, a 2004 Festus High School graduate who was killed while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq, is one of the veterans whose photo is featured on the memorial.

Habsieger was inducted into the Festus R-6 School District’s Hall of Fame in October.

“It’s appropriate because Andy will be in the display,” Krysl said. “It’s a coincidence he was inducted in the Festus Hall of Fame this year.”

Krysl said he has not yet seen the display, so he does not know if others from the area are featured on the memorial.

According to information supplied by the district, the Missouri display includes more than 150 photos of fallen service members. The display includes five panels approximately 10 feet wide and 7 feet high.

He said the memorial will be educational for students and will allow Festus Middle School Community Outreach PLC to reach out to the community.

“This is a brand new thing,” Krysl said. “The purpose of a PLC is to better serve our students. “This will help us better serve the community.”

Those who visit the display during the public sessions will be asked to complete a short survey on ways Festus Middle School and the community can work together.

“It’s voluntary,” Krysl said. “I will have surveys available.”

Habsieger, who was a private first class in the Army, died on March 24, 2008, in an attack on his unit in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was 22.

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