Military exhibit honors the fallen in Simi Valley

A new exhibit at the VFW Museum of Military History at the Simi Valley Town Center in Simi Valley opened last week. The exhibit displays photos of the 725 fallen California Armed Forces members since Sept. 11, 2001. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Charles Kramer, a WWII Navy veteran, looks at photographs from the Remembering the Fallen exhibit at the VFW Museum of Military History in the Simi Valley Town Center on July 31. The exhibit displays photos of the 725 fallen California Armed Forces members since Sept. 11, 2001.

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Charles Kramer, a WWII Navy veteran, looks at photographs from the Remembering the Fallen exhibit at the VFW Museum of Military History in the Simi Valley Town Center on July 31. The exhibit displays photos of the 725 fallen California Armed Forces members since Sept. 11, 2001.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The Remembering the Fallen exhibit at the VFW Museum of Military History displays photos of the 725 fallen California Armed Forces members since Sept. 11, 2001.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers
The Remembering the Fallen exhibit at the VFW Museum of Military History displays photos of the 725 fallen California Armed Forces members since Sept. 11, 2001.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Sgt. Michael DiRaimondo was one of the Simi Valley residents killed in action in Iraq in 2004. DiRaimondo was an Army flight medic.

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Sgt. Michael DiRaimondo was one of the Simi Valley residents killed in action in Iraq in 2004. DiRaimondo was an Army flight medic.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Charlie Kreffing of Simi Valley  looks at photographs from the Remembering the Fallen exhibit at the VFW Museum of Military History in the Simi Valley Town Center on July 31.

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Charlie Kreffing of Simi Valley looks at photographs from the Remembering the Fallen exhibit at the VFW Museum of Military History in the Simi Valley Town Center on July 31.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers A wreath stands at the entrance to the Remembering the Fallen exhibit at the VFW Museum of Military History in the Simi Valley Town Center on July 31.

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A wreath stands at the entrance to the Remembering the Fallen exhibit at the VFW Museum of Military History in the Simi Valley Town Center on July 31.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Matt Valenzuela, left, commandant of the President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597 of the Marine Corps League, salutes as Betty-Jean Hanna-Baker sings the National Anthem during a ceremony to open the Remembering the Fallen exhibit at the VFW Museum of Military History in the Simi Valley Town Center on July 31.

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Matt Valenzuela, left, commandant of the President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597 of the Marine Corps League, salutes as Betty-Jean Hanna-Baker sings the National Anthem during a ceremony to open the Remembering the Fallen exhibit at the VFW Museum of Military History in the Simi Valley Town Center on July 31.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Simi Valley resident Robert Martinez, of the President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597 of the Marine Corps League, plays taps during a ceremony to open the Remembering the Fallen exhibit at the VFW Museum of Military History in the Simi Valley Town Center on July 31.

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Simi Valley resident Robert Martinez, of the President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597 of the Marine Corps League, plays taps during a ceremony to open the Remembering the Fallen exhibit at the VFW Museum of Military History in the Simi Valley Town Center on July 31.

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