She paused at each portion of the exhibit and read much of the information on the card attached to each photo listing the solder’s name, age, hometown, cause and date of death and whether he was killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
“Each of these photos are of a Georgia family’s son, daughter, husband or father who are now gone after sacrificing their lives for the cause of freedom thousands of miles away from home,” McMillan said, occasionally wiping her eyes after reading some personal notes from soldiers’ families.
The exhibit, which is sponsored by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, is on display at the Douglas County Courthouse through April 17.
It includes 198 photos, including those of three Douglas County residents, Army Sgt. Thomas James Strickland, who was killed in Iraq; and Marine Lance Cpl. Scott “Boots” Harper and Army Staff Sgt. Joshua “Josh” Bowden, both of whom were killed in Afghanistan.
According to Savannah resident Dan Williams, his brother, Bill, and Bill’s wife, Evonne, organized the project while residents of Nebraska.
Bill and Evonne Williams were assisting with the Honor Flight program – which escorted World War II vets to war memorials — when a woman who had received the Gold Star because her son was killed in Iraq approached Bill. She told him she hoped no one would forget her son’s sacrifice, Dan Williams said.
“Her statement tugged at Bill and Evonne’s heartstrings as they had four sons in the military and felt something had to be done to remember these fallen soldiers of Nebraska,” he said.
That effort caught on there and, when they moved from Omaha to Savannah, Bill and Evonne organized Georgia’s “Remembering Our Fallen” project, Dan Williams said.
He said he appreciated the efforts of Douglas County Communications Director Wes Tallon in bringing Georgia’s “Remembering Our Fallen” project to Douglas County, and the escort the Sheriff’s Department and more than 40 American Legion motorcyclists gave it from its last tour stop, the National Guard headquarters in Marietta, to the Courthouse.