Veteran memorial brings new perspective to students

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Students walk the halls of St. Cecilia High School to and from lunch like any other day. A display in the main hallway catches their eye. Pictures of soldiers who are no longer here stare back at them.

Like Kevin Gaspers who graduated from the school in 2000.

“I think it's amazing because most of the kids here and teachers don't know him now,” Kevin’s Mother Pam Gaspers said. “They were young. I think the oldest ones may have been in kindergarten, first grade. So they don't really know Kevin. I think it brings a human side to see the pictures.”

The Remembering Our Fallen memorial travels around Nebraska as a reminder of how servicemen paid with their lives following the 9/11 attacks.

“I think it's great that they have little tidbits about their personalities and what they liked to do,” Senior Benjamin Moritz said. “It adds a great touch and to see that St. Cecilia grad, all of us are human here so it's great to see that human connection.”

Letters, old hats, and descriptions of the soldiers fill the walls. Students say it is tough to see but it serves as a reminder of the sacrifices these people made.

“It's really sad actually looking at some and seeing the letters,” Senior Camryn Rasmussen said. “One of them was like 'I miss you, Daddy' and that just hits you really hard. People go through this all the time.”

Kevin Gasper's mother says this display keeps Kevin’s memory alive and she hopes it can spread a positive message that these people lived, and are loved.