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"Remembering Our Fallen" Photo Exhibit

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MINOCQUA (WAOW) -

A new photo exhibit of fallen Wisconsin soldiers is on display in Minocqua. It features more than a hundred photos of military personnel who have died fighting for their country.

"Intelligent, giving and funny," said Brian Jopek.

Those three words are how Brian would describe his son Ryan Jopek, who died fighting for this country in Irag, in 2006.

"He was home for the last time in June and as much as he wanted to stay he wanted to get back to the guys," said Brian.

So Ryan traveled back to Iraq to continue to fight.

"Not long afterward an IED was detonated next to the vehicle," said Brian.

Ryan Jopek was only 20-years-old, and now his face is on the photo exhibit at the Campanile Center in Minocqua for everyone to see, and his dad is right by his side.

"Pride has no boundaries, I'm very proud of him and it's all great memories," said Brian.

The photo exhibit is free and will be on display in Minocqua until this Sunday.

As a veteran himself, Brian knows exactly what it's like to be a soldier.

"It's a way to honor those who have given their lives for us and what more could you say about the ultimate sacrifice," said Woody Woodruff, Director of The Campanile Center.

The ultimate sacrifice is what Ryan along with many other soldiers have given their country. 

"I think the world would be a lot better place if everybody was like him," said Brian. 

The photo exhibit is fee and will be on display in Minocqua until this Sunday.

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