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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – For the next week, fallen heroes of California will be highlighted in an exhibit at the Chula Vista Library.

Remembering our Fallen is a 125-foot traveling exhibit displaying stories of 710 men and women who died fighting for the United States. Of the 710 people, 77 of them from San Diego County and 14 of the fallen from the South Bay.

“We feel it’s very important our communities know we will never forget the sacrifices of their sons and others sacrifices,” said veteran Cheryl Perez.

“These are good memories,” said Martha Bachar, as she looked at the picture of her son Salem. “I’m very pleased the honor for them came, it makes me very pleased, his sacrifice is not forgotten.”

Bachar said her son Salem joined the military after high school.

“He was so moved by the events of 9-11,” said Bachar. “He called me and said Mom don’t worry about it. I’m assigned to the headquarters there’s hardly any attacks here, so I’m okay.”

Unfortunately Bashar’s unit was attacked. He was an interpreter on his way back to headquarters when insurgents ambushed his convoy.

“There were 22 wounded and two killed, one of them was my son,” said Bachar.

The exhibit now honors Salem and his fellow brothers and sisters in arms, the ultimate sacrifice with faces and names to tell each story.

“When you see the pictures from not only the military pictures, but the life with their children with their families, it brings it home for you more,” said Perez.

As Martha looks at her Salem’s picture, she can’t imagine a better place or way to tell her son’s story than through “Remembering Our Fallen.”

“So many times he was in this library, reading his books,” Martha said through tears. “This is my son, never to be forgotten.”

The exhibition will be available for the next 10 days.  Viewing is during the hours when the library is open -- 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.  The library is located at 365 F Street.

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