Memoirs of fallen soldiers to be written by people from across U.S.

Locals can submit a tribute to those who

made the ultimate sacrifice in service ofthe United States.

Anyone across the nation can remember a friend or loved one by submitting a brief memoir of a fallen soldier to be included in a special book, “We Will Never Forget,” published by Bellevue University.

The neatest aspect of this book is that it will be written by “a proud nation” – those people from across the country (and in your local area) who submit their memoirs. Starting Sept. 1, people can make submissions online at: http://www.bellevue.edu/neverforget.

Submissions will be compiled Sept. 1, 2011 through Jan. 15, 2012.

The final book will be released on Memorial Day 2012. Proceeds from the book will be donated to the National Military Family Association to fund military spouse scholarships.

Located in Bellevue, Neb. near Offutt Air Force Base, Bellevue University is proud to show its support of military personnel and their families by publishing “A memoir of our soldiers.” The University administration feels it is a fitting.

For years, Bellevue University has been recognized as a military friendly School by GI Jobs. Inclusion on the list puts Bellevue University in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Entries must be for soldiers who have fallen since Sept. 11, 2001. Tours of Duty represented are Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), which includes casualties that occurred in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay (Cuba), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Yemen; Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) which includes casualties that occurred between March 19, 2003 and August 31, 2010 in the Arabian Sea, Bahrain, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Persian Gulf, Qatar, Red Sea, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (Prior to March 19, 2003 casualties in these countries were considered OEF. Personnel injured in OIF who die after September 1, 2010 will be included in OIF statistics.); and Operation New Dawn (OND) which includes casualties that occurred on or after September 1, 2010 in the Arabian Sea, Bahrain, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Persian Gulf, Qatar, Red Sea, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.

As our country continues to fight terrorism and promote peace and freedom, the purpose of this book is to honor veterans for their dedication to America, and to pay special tribute to the fallen patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our liberty. The content of this book is unique because it includes personal accounts of our fallen soldiers, as described and written by the families and friends who loved them.

To submit a story for “We Will Never Forget,” complete the online story submission form available online at: http://www.bellevue.edu/neverforget. There is no cost to submit a story for the book.

Family and friends of fallen soldiers are invited to submit a personal account of their loved from Sept. 1, 2011 through Jan. 15, 2012. All entries that meet the submission requirements will be included in the soldier listing in the book. A select number of entries will be included as feature stories.

Limiting the entries to the past 10 years will help us keep the volume of stories manageable so we can more effectively pay tribute to the brave young men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice since Sept. 11.

The intention of this book is to honor those soldiers who fell in the line of active duty.

The book will be available on Memorial Day 2012 (May 28, 2012). Orders will be accepted online at http://www.bellevue.edu/neverforget. Complimentary copies will not be available.

Entries will be edited to meet the submission requirements and to keep all entries consistent with the style format of the book. Once the entry is submitted, there will not be an opportunity to make changes or see the entry before printing.

The cost of the book will be determined at publishing.

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