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A piece of war history rolls through Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The last living United States World War I vet passed away in February of 2011, all that remains now are the pictures and stories passed down to family.

Some of those memories made their way through Rochester as part of a traveling exhibit to make sure the war and our heroes and are never forgotten.

"It's to raise awareness and honor our fallen soldiers. There's tremendous sacrifices that have been made. We're not here to glorify the war, we're here to honor the people that have served those that have fallen and those that are still with us," said John Beise, Managing Principal at Waddell & Reed.

Inside the converted 18 wheeler were many items actually used in the war by the company's founders. For those that get to travel with these artifacts everyday it's been a humbling experience.

"It's been great, the feedback we get from the people, we get a lot of thumbs up going down the highway, people honking the horn. It's a very good experience, a great opportunity to pull this down the highway," said Jim Bodle who drives the exhibit.

For some visiting the exhibit, it was a personal connection, stories from grandparents coming to life.

"The human sacrifice that took place there and he came home with bad knees from standing in water and it was freezing cold and he talked about that and what a terrible situation it was," said Diana Kohrt, whose grandfather served in World War I.

"Giving especially our younger generations an opportunity to know what our for fathers did to preserve our country is imperative to us to be able to get a new generation that feels the strength as strongly as we do about our land," added Richard Krom.

A message that will continue to be sent as the exhibit goes cross country.

Rochester's Soldiers Field was the 54th stop on the 18 wheelers trek across our nation. There are 75 stops scheduled.

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