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Memorial to be placed at Cedar Falls H.S. for Travis Vaughn

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A memorial monument is on its way to eastern Iowa in honor of Army Specialist Travis Vaughn. A memorial monument is on its way to eastern Iowa in honor of Army Specialist Travis Vaughn.
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A memorial monument is on its way to eastern Iowa in honor of Army Specialist Travis Vaughn.

The 1999 Cedar Falls graduate died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in February 2007. The monument is set to be placed at Cedar Falls High School.

"It's really beautiful," said Kandie Vaughn, his stepmother. "It will have Travis' photo etched in."

Flags for Freedom Outreach in Missouri is donating and placing the monument as part of a program called Memorials Across America.

The organization's goal is to place a permanent monument in the hometown of every military person who lost his or her life in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It's been really important all along for me to keep Travis' memory alive for his little brother Lucas," Vaughn said. "Once the stone is in place, it's going to outlive all of us."

The public is invited to a memorial service to dedicate Vaughn's monument on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Cedar Falls High School.

Major Garrett Gingrich with the Iowa Army National Guard is scheduled to speak at the ceremony.

"Explain to people, from a soldier's perspective, why his sacrifices are never going to be forgotten," said Gingrich.

Gingrich said it's important for this monument to be on display so residents are reminded that someone has died for their freedoms.

"I feel as a soldier that's been deployed three times, was able to come home and enjoy my life, be with my family, it's my job to honor the soldiers that weren't able to do that," said Gingrich.

After two years, the monument will soon be in place at Cedar Falls High School to remind everyone who enters the school that Travis Vaughn gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country.

For more information on Flags for Freedom Outreach, click here.

Raffle tickets for the Fallen Soldier Tribute Bike are available at Rydell Chevrolet in Waterloo. Proceeds go to help military families in the area. The bike will be on display at Sturgis Falls in Cedar Falls. The raffle winner will be drawn on July 20.

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