"Tribute Towers," the Remembering Our Fallen photo memorial recognizes more than 5,000 service members who have died since the attacks on September 11, 2001. The memorial was designed to travel so it could be seen in as many states across the country as possible. And this year, the memorial will be at the Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. for Memorial Day Weekend.
The Remembering Our Fallen memorial is one of several ongoing projects by Patriotic Productions, a non-profit focused on honoring the United States military. The organization's founders, Bill and Evonne Williams, never served in the military — but they have four sons who have and still do.
Since its founding, the organization has raised funds to take over 3,500 WWII, Korea, and Vietnam veterans to see memorials in Washington, D.C. from 2008 to 2019. The veterans and experiences Bill and Evonne had through these flights inspired them to create the Remembering Our Fallen memorial.
“Part of what we want this memorial to do is to teach Americans to speak the names of your loved ones and others who have died, no matter what the cause may have been," Evonne Williams said in a 2017 interview. "It’s so important that we remember them, especially if they have young ones — nieces, nephews, children — who don’t know who they were.”
The memorial will travel to Chicago and Iowa before coming to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the Reflecting Pool, and the Pentagon Courtyard at the end of May.