LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A national memorial for thousands of service members killed during deployment after 9/11 will be making its debut in Nebraska before traveling throughout the country.

The Remembering Our Fallen National Memorial will be dedicated Saturday at Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena. It'll be displayed outside the arena from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, the Lincoln Journal Star ( ) reported.

Bill and Evonne Williams have spent years building the $200,000 memorial, which consists of 25 10-foot (3-meter) towers with photos of more than 4,000 service members killed in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bill Williams expects about 200 families of service members from five states to view the Tribute Towers.

Speeches at the event will include Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska's adjutant general; Noala Fritz, whose son Jacob was killed in Iraq more than 10 years ago; and Miss Nebraska Allison Tietjen, an advocate for service members and veterans.

A riderless horse named Black Jack with backward boots in its stirrups will be led to the front of the arena, where Bohac will present a flag to the families, and taps will sound.

The memorial is also scheduled to make an appearance at the Pentagon and Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in September; in New York for Veterans Day; and at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star,