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Memorial Day 2014

Taps

Before we take a day of rest this Monday, let us first remember and appreciate the fallen American heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country. These selfless, courageous men and women relinquished everything they had in life to ensure that you and I could enjoy the freedoms we celebrate on this occasion.

So, before you fire up the grill or head out to a parade, take special effort to remember and thank the American heroes who made it all possible.

In particular, keep in your thoughts the six brave Georgians who fell in the line of duty this past last year:

Spc. Hilda I. Clayton, 22 Yrs. – July 2, 2013 (Augusta, Ga.) Sgt. Stefan M. Smith, 24 Yrs. – July 23, 2013 (Glennville, Ga.) Staff Sgt. Eric T. Lawson, 24 Yrs. – July 27, 2013 (Stockbridge, Ga.)

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Joshua Bowden, 28 Yrs. – Aug. 31, 2013 (Villa Rica, Ga.) Sgt. Joshua J. Strickland, 23 Yrs. – Sept. 21, 2013 (Woodstock, Ga) Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 23 Yrs. – Dec. 18, 2013 (Marietta)

 

 

 

 

 

Let us also take an extra moment to honor the rest of our fallen heroes from Georgia who fought and died in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. These departed were our neighbors, our friends and our family, and they will never be forgotten:

2003

3/23/03 Army Spc Jamaal R. Addison, 22 y.o. Lithonia, GA
3/29/03 Army Pfc Michael R. Creighton Weldon, 20 y.o. Conyers, GA
3/29/03 Army Pfc Diego Fernando Rincon, 19 y.o. Conyers, GA
4/03/03 Army Cpt Edward J. Korn, 31 y.o. Savannah, GA
5/14/03 Army Spc David T. Nutt, 32 y.o. Blackshear, GA
6/12/03 Army Spc John K. Klinesmith, 25 y.o. Stockbridge, GA
7/14/03 Army Sgt Michael T. Crockett, 27 y.o. Soperton, GA
7/28/03 Army Sgt Nathaniel Hart Jr., 29 y.o. Valdosta, GA
8/20/03 Army Staff Sgt Bobby C. Franklin, 38 y.o. Mineral Bluff, GA
10/13/03 Army Pfc 2 Benjamin L. Freeman, 19 y.o. Valdosta, GA
11/23/03 Army Comm Sgt Maj Jerry L. Wilson, 45 y.o. Thomson, GA
12/11/03 Army Spc Marshall L. Edgerton, 27 y.o. Rocky Face, GA
12/17/03 Army Spc Christopher J. Holland, 26 y.o. Brunswick, GA

2004

1/08/04 Army Spc Nathaniel H. Johnson, 22 y.o. Augusta, GA
1/12/04 Army Staff Sgt Ricky L. Crockett, 37 y.o. Broxton, GA
3/15/04 Army Sgt William J. Normandy, 42 y.o. Augusta, GA
3/16/04 Army Master Sgt Thomas R. Thigpen Sr., 52 y.o. Augusta, GA
4/02/04 Army Pfc William R. Strange, 19 y.o. Adrian, GA
4/10/04 Air Force Airman 1st Class Antoine J. Holt, 20 y.o. Kennesaw, GA
4/10/04 Army Spc Justin W. Johnson, 22 y.o. Rome, GA
4/17/04 Army Spc Marvin A. Campo Siles, 25y.o. Austell, GA
4/27/04 Army Pfc Marquis A. Whitaker, 20 y.o. Columbus, GA
4/30/04 Navy Equip. Op. 3rd Class Christopher M. Dickerson, 33 y.o. Eastman, GA
6/21/04 Marine Lance Cpl Juan Lopez, 22 y.o. Whitfield, GA
9/16/04 Army 1st Lt Tyler H. Brown, 26 y.o. Atlanta, GA
9/16/04 Army Sgt Foster Pinkston, 47 y.o. Warrenton, GA
9/20/04 Army SOF Sgt Robert S. Goodwin, 35 y.o. Albany, GA
10/30/04 Marine Sgt Kelley L. Courtney, 28 y.o. Macon, GA
10/30/04 Marine Lance Cpl Michael P. Scarborough, 28 y.o. Washington, GA
11/10/04 Marine 1st Lt Dan T. Malcom Jr., 25 y.o. Brinson, GA
11/12/04 Army Sgt Jonathan B. Shields, 25 y.o. Atlanta, GA
12/12/04 Marine Lance Cpl Jeffrey S. Blanton, 23 y.o. Fayetteville, GA

2005

1/04/05 Army Sgt Bennie Washington, 25 y.o. Atlanta, GA
1/17/05 Army Pfc Jesus Fonseca Jr., 19 y.o. Marietta, GA
1/26/05 Marine Lance Cpl Darrell J. Schumann, 25 y.o. Flowery Branch, GA
2/14/05 Army Sgt 1st Class David J. Salie, 34 y.o. Columbus, GA
4/12/05 Army Cpl Taylor J. Dickens, 20 y.o. Columbus, GA
5/02/05 Army Sgt John E. McGee, 36 y.o. Columbus, GA
5/14/05 Army Sgt Charles C. Gillican III, 35 y.o. Brunswick, GA
6/18/05 Army Cpl William A. Long, 26 y.o. Lilburn, GA
6/18/05 Army 1st Lt Noah Harris, 23 y.o. Ellijay, GA
6/30/05 Army Sgt Chad M. Mercer, 25 y.o. Waycross, GA
7/21/05 Navy Hosp. Corp. 3rd Class Travis L. Youngblood, 26 y.o. Surrency, GA
7/24/05 Army Sgt John F. Thomas, 33 y.o. Valdosta, GA
7/24/05 Army Sgt James O. Kinlow, 35 y.o. Thomson, GA
7/24/05 Army Staff Sgt Carl R. Fuller, 44 y.o. Covington, GA
7/24/05 Army Spc Jacques E. Brunson, 30 y.o. Americus, GA
7/27/05 Army Spc Benyahmin B. Yahudah, 24 y.o. Bogart, GA
7/30/05 Army Sgt 1st Class Victor A. Anderson, 39 y.o. Ellaville, GA
7/30/05 Army Sgt Ronnie L. Shelley, 34 y.o. Valdosta, GA
7/30/05 Army Staff Sgt David R. Jones Sr., 45 y.o. Augusta, GA
7/30/05 Army Sgt Jonathon C. Haggin, 26 y.o. Kingsland, GA
8/03/05 Army Spc Mathew V. Gibbs, 21 y.o. Ambrose, GA
8/03/05 Army Sgt 1st Class Charles H. Warren, 36 y.o. Duluth, GA
8/03/05 Army Spc Jerry L. Ganey Jr., 29 y.o. Folkston, GA
8/04/05 Army Pvt John M. Henderson, 21 y.o. Columbus, GA
8/11/05 Army Capt. Jeremy A. Chandler , 28 y.o. Richmond Hill, GA
8/15/05 Army Sgt Thomas J. Strickland, 27 y.o. Douglasville, GA
8/15/05 Army Sgt Paul A. Saylor, 21 y.o. Norcross, GA
8/15/05 Army Spc Joshua P. Dingler, 19 y.o. Hiram, GA
8/16/05 Army Sgt Michael J. Stokely, 23 y.o. Sharpsburg/Loganville, GA
8/29/05 Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dennis P. Hay, 32 y.o. Valdosta, GA
9/01/05 Army Sgt George R. Draughn Jr., 29 y.o. Decatur, GA
9/01/05 Army Staff Sgt Robert L. Hollar Jr., 35 y.o. Griffin, GA
10/20/05 Army Staff Sgt Dennis P. Merck, 38 y.o. Evans, GA
10/30/05 Marine Staff Sgt Joel P. Dameron, 27 y.o. Ellabell, GA
11/11/05 Army Sgt Tyrone L. Chisholm, 27 y.o. Savannah, GA
11/20/05 Navy Steel Worker 3rd Class Emory J. Turpin, 23 y.o. Dahlonega, GA
11/30/05 Marine Cpl William G. Taylor, 26 y.o. Macon, GA
12/02/05 Army Spc Marcus S. Futrell, 20 y.o. Macon, GA
12/02/05 Army Staff Sgt Philip L. Travis, 41 y.o. Snellville, GA
12/02/05 Army Sgt Philip A. Dodson, 42 y.o. Forsyth, GA
12/15/05 Army Spc Joseph A. Lucas, 23 y.o. Augusta, GA
12/26/05 Army Sgt Dominic R. Coles, 25 y.o. Jesup, GA

2006

1/13/06 Navy Ops. 1st Class Michael A. Jordon, 35 y.o. Augusta, GA
1/20/06 Army Staff Sgt Rickey Scott, 30 y.o. Columbus, GA
1/23/06 Marine Lance Cpl Joshua A. Scott, 24 y.o. Tunnel Hill, GA
2/17/06 Army Sgt 1st Class Amos C. Edwards Jr., 41 y.o. Savannah, GA
2/17/06 Marine Lance Cpl Samuel W. Large, 21 y.o. Villa Rica, GA
4/02/06 Marine Lance Cpl Kun Y. Kim, 20 y.o. Atlanta, GA
4/09/06 Army Spc David S. Collins, 24 y.o. Jasper, GA
5/15/06 Army Staff Sgt Marion Flint Jr., 29 y.o. Athens, GA
6/09/06 Navy Hospitalman Zachary M. Alday, 22 y.o. Donaldsonville, GA
6/23/06 Army Spc Channing G. Singletary, 30 y.o. Sylvester, GA
9/19/06 Army 1st Lt Ashley Henderson Huff, 23 y.o. Savannah, GA
9/23/06 Army Staff Sgt Carlos Dominguez, 57 y.o. Savannah, GA
9/23/06 Army Pfc Kenneth E. Kincaid IV, 25 y.o. Lilburn, GA
9/28/06 Marine Lance Cpl James Chamroeun, 20 y.o. Union City, GA
10/02/06 Army Staff Sgt James D. Ellis, 25 y.o. Valdosta, GA
10/02/06 Army Spc Justin R. Jarrett, 21 y.o. Jonesboro, GA
10/06/06 Marine Lance Cpl Stephen F. Johnson, 20 y.o. Marietta, GA
11/09/06 Marine Lance Cpl Kristopher C. Warren, 19 y.o. Resaca, GA
11/13/06 Army Pfc Daniel J. Allman II, 20 y.o. Canon, GA
11/21/06 Army Command Sgt Maj Donovan E. Watts, 46 y.o. Atlanta, GA
12/25/06 Army Sgt 1st Class Dexter E. Wheelous, 37 y.o. Winder, GA
12/25/06 Army Capt Hayes Clayton, 29 y.o. Georgia

2007 

1/20/07 Army Cpl Victor M. Langarica, 29 y.o. Decatur, GA
2/01/07 Marine Cpl Richard O. Quill III, 22 y.o. Roswell, GA
2/17/07 Army Spc Christopher K. Boone, 34 y.o. Augusta, GA
3/11/07 Army Spc Jonathon K. Smith, 19 y.o. Atlanta, GA
3/14/07 Army Cpl Brian L. Chevalier, 21 y.o. Athens, GA
3/15/07 Army Staff Sgt Blake M. Harris, 27 y.o. Hampton, GA
4/06/07 Navy EOD 1st Class Diver Joseph A. McSween, 26 y.o. Valdosta, GA
4/23/07 Army Sgt Randell T. Marshall, 22 y.o. Fitzgerald, GA
4/23/07 Army Spc Jerry R. King, 19 y.o. Browersville, GA
4/28/07 Army Staff Sgt Michael R. Hullender, 29 y.o. Lilburn GA
5/06/07 Army Sgt Jason R. Harkins, 25 y.o. Cleveland, GA
5/14/07 Marine Cpl Jeffrey D. Walker, 21 y.o. Macon, GA
5/21/07 Army Sgt Brian D. Ardron, 32 y.o. Kennesaw, GA
5/22/07 Army Pfc Robert A. Worthington, 19 y.o. Jackson, GA
6/11/07 Air Force Lt Col Glade L. Felix, 52 y.o. Lake Park, GA
6/20/07 Marine Staff Sgt Stephen J. Wilson, 28 y.o. Duluth, GA
6/20/07 Army Staff Sgt Darren P. Hubbell, 38 y.o. Tifton, GA
6/23/07 Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason D. Nathan, 22 y.o. Macon, GA
7/01/07 Marine Lance Cpl William C. Chambers, 20 y.o. Ringgold, GA
7/06/07 Army Sgt Gene L. Lamie, 25 y.o. Homerville, GA
7/07/07 Army Sgt Jerry L. Deloach, 45 y.o. Jackson, GA
7/15/07 Army Sgt Benjamin B. Bartlett Jr., 25 y.o. Manchester, GA
7/18/07 Army Spc Daniel E. Gomez, 21 y.o. Warner Robins, GA
8/02/07 Army Spc Cristian Rojas-Gallego, 24 y.o. Loganville, GA
8/22/07 Army Capt Corry P. Tyler, 29 y.o. Woodbine, GA
8/22/07 Army Spc Edger E. Cardenas, 34 y.o. Lilburn, GA
8/29/07 Marine Cpl John C. Tanner, 21 y.o. Columbus, GA
9/01/07 Army Spc Christopher G. Patton, 21 y.o. Lawranceville, GA
9/10/07 Army Sgt Michael C. Hardegree, 21 y.o. Villa Rica, GA
9/21/07 Army Spc John J. Young, 24 y.o. Savannah, GA
9/22/07 Army Cpl Joshua H. Reeves, 26 y.o. Watkinsville, GA
10/22/07 Navy Master-at-Arms Seaman Genesia M. Gresham, 19 y.o. Lithonia
12/11/07 Army Staff Sgt Gregory L. Elam, 39 y.o. Columbus, GA

2008

1/02/08 Navy Info Syst Tech 2nd Class Menelek M. Brown, 24 y.o. East Point, GA
1/19/08 Marine Lance Cpl James M. Gluff, 20 y.o. Tunnel Hill, GA
1/28/08 Army Cpl Evan A. Marshall, 21 y.o. Athens, GA
2/05/08 Army Staff Sgt Donald T. Tabb, 29 y.o. Norcross, GA
2/05/08 Army Cpl Miguel A. Baez, 32 y.o. Bonaire, GA
2/10/08 Army Sgt Corey E. Spates, 21 y.o. La Grange, GA
4/15/08 Marine 1st Sgt Luke J. Mercardante, 35 y.o. Athens, GA
4/24/08 Army Staff Sgt Shaun J. Whitehead, 24 y.o. Commerce, GA
5/18/08 Army Master Sgt Davy N. Weaver, 39 y.o. Barnesville, GA
6/10/08 Army Sgt Steve A. McCoy, 23 y.o. Moultrie, GA
7/13/08 Army SOF Master Sgt Mitchell W. Young, 39 y.o. Jonesboro, GA
7/13/08 Army Cpl Jonathon R. Ayers, 24 y.o. Snellville, GA
7/13/08 Army Cpl Matthew B. Phillips, 27 y.o. Jasper, GA
9/20/08 Navy Crypt. Tech 3rd Class Matthew J. O’Bryant, 22 y.o. Duluth, GA
11/06/08 Army Pfc Theron V. Hobbs, 22 y.o. Albany, GA
11/21/08 Army 1st Lt William K. Jernigan, 35 y.o. Doraville, GA
12/16/08 Army Pvt Colman J. Meadows III, 19 y.o. Senioa, GA

2009

4/24/09 Army Command Sgt Maj Benjamin Moore Jr., 43 y.o. Waycross, GA
5/01/09 Army Spc Ryan C. King, 22 y.o. Dallas, GA
5/29/09 Army Pvt Thomas E. Lee III, 20 y.o. Dalton, GA
6/04/09 Army Sgt Jeffrey W. Jordon, 21 y.o. Rome, GA
6/04/09 Army Sgt 1st Class John C. Beale, 39 y.o. Riverdale, GA
6/04/09 Army Maj Kevin M. Jenrette, 37 y.o. Lula, GA
6/20/09 Army 1st Sgt John D. Blair, 38 y.o. Calhoun, GA
7/02/09 Marine Lance Cpl Charles S. Sharp, 20 y.o. Adairsville, GA
7/06/09 Army Spc Issac L. Johnson, 24 y.o. Columbus, GA
7/06/09 Army Sgt Brock H. Chavers, 25 y.o. Bulloch, GA
7/20/09 Army Spc Anthony M. Lightfoot, 20 y.o. Riverdale, GA
7/21/09 Army Spc Raymundo P. Morales, 34 y.o. Dalton, GA
8/07/09 Marine Capt Matthew C. Freeman, 29 y.o. Richmond Hill, GA
9/08/09 Air Force 1st Lt Joseph D. Helton, 24 y.o. Monroe, GA
9/08/09 Marine Gunnery Sgt Edwin W. Johnson, 31 y.o. Columbus, GA
9/08/09 Marine Staff Sgt Aaron M. Kenefick, 30 y.o. Roswell, GA
9/16/09 Army SOF Sgt 1st Class Shawn P. McCloskey, 33 y.o. Peachtree, GA
9/30/09 Army Staff Sgt Alex French IV, 31 y.o. Milledgeville, GA
10/03/09 Army Staff Sgt Vernon W. Martin, 25 y.o. Savannah, GA
10/26/09 Army CWO 4 Michael P. Montgomery 36 y.o. Savannah, GA
11/22/09 Army Sgt Briand T. Williams, 25 y.o. Sparks, GA
12/11/09 Army Pfc Jaiciae L. Pauley, 29 y.o. Austell, GA

2010

1/1/10 Army Spc Brushaun X. Anderson, 20 y.o. Columbus, GA
2/15/10 Marine Pfc. Jason H. Estopinal, 21 y.o. Dallas, GA
3/1/10 Army Spc Matthew D. Huston, 24 y.o. Athens, GA
3/8/10 Army Sgt Lakeshia M. Bailey 23 y.o. Columbus, GA
4/7/10 Army 1st LT Robert W. Collins, 24 y.o. Tyrone, GA
4/18/10 Army Staff Sgt. James R. Patton 23 y.o. Fort Benning, GA
6/1/10 Army Jonathan K. Peney, 22 y.o. Marietta, GA
6/26/10 Army Spc. David A. Holmes, 34 y.o. Tennille, GA
6/26/10 Marine Lance Cpl. William T. Richards, 20 y.o. Trenton, GA
7/2/10 Army Sgt Johnny W. Lumpkin, 38 y.o. Columbus, GA
7/3/10 Army Pfc Jacob A. Dennis, 22 y.o. Powder Springs, GA
7/13/10 Army Staff Sgt Sheldon L. Tate, 27 y.o. Hinesville, GA
8/17/10 Army Sgt 1st Class Edgar N. Roberts, 39 y.o. Hinesville, GA
8/27/10 Army Pfc Chad D. Coleman, 20 y.o. Moreland, GA
9/01/10 Marine Lance Cpl Christopher B. Rodgers, 20 y.o. Griffin, GA
9/17/10 Marine 1st Lt Scott J. Fleming, 24 y.o. Marietta, GA
9/21/10 Air Force Senior Airman Michael J. Buras, 23 y.o. Fitzgerald, GA
9/21/10 Navy CTRCS David B. McLendon, 30 y.o. Thomasville, GA
10/06/10 Marine Cpl Stephen C. Sockalosky, 21 y.o. Cordele, GA
10/13/10 Marine Lance Cpl Raymon L.A. Johnson, 22 y.o. Midland, GA
11/12/10 Army Spc Shannon Chihuahua, 25 y.o. Thomasville, GA
11/29/10 Army Pfc Austin G. Staggs, 19 y.o. Senoia, GA

 2011  

1/07/11 Marine Lance Cpl Joseph R. Giese, 24 y.o. Winder, GA
3/29/11 Army Pvt Jeremy P. Falkner, 23 y.o. Griffin, GA
4/05/11 Army Spc Gary L. Nelson III, 20 y.o. Woodstock, GA
4/15/11 Army Spc Cynthia R. Taylor, 39 y.o. Columbus, GA
6/29/11 Army Spc Robert G. Tenney, 29 y.o. Warner Robins, GA
7/31/11 Army Pfc Brice M. Scott, 22 y.o. Columbus, GA
8/05/11 Army Spc Mark J. Downer, 23 y.o. Warner Robins, GA
9/10/11 Army Staff Sgt Keith F. Rudd, 36 y.o. Tucker, GA
9/28/11 Marine Lance Cpl John R. Wimpey Cagle, 19 y.o. Tucker, GA
9/29/11 Army Spc Adrian G. Mills, 23 y.o. Newnan, GA
10/13/11 Marine Lance Cpl Scott D. Harper 21 y.o. Winston, GA

2012 

2/18/12 Air Force Capt Nicholas S. Whitlock, 29 y.o. Newnan, GA
3/29/12 Army Pfc Johnathon F. Davis, 20 y.o. Griffin, GA
4/22/12 Army 1st Lt Jonathon P. Walsh, 28 y.o. Kennesaw, GA
5/26/12 Marine Lance Cpl Steven G. Sutton, 24 y.o. Leesburg, GA
5/31/12 Army Staff Sgt Alexander G. Povilaitis Jr., 47 y.o. Dawsonville, GA
6/07/12 Army Pfc Brandon D. Goodine, 20 y.o. Luthersville, GA
7/08/12 Army Spc Erica P. Alecksen, 21 y.o. Eatonton, GA
8/08/12 Air Force Maj Walter D. Gray, 38 y.o. Conyers, GA

Fort Gordon Military Career Fair

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), in conjunction with the Georgia National Guard, will host several law enforcement and public safety agencies for a military personnel career fair on Thursday, March 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve Center at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga.

The current participating agencies (GDC, Georgia National Guard, Georgia Department of Defense, Department of Juvenile Justice, State Board of Pardons and Paroles, Department of Labor, Department of Public Safety, Mental Health Management, Georgia Correctional Healthcare, Corrections Corporation of America, Gwinnett County Police Department and Richmond County Sheriff’s Office) have many jobs available for military personnel returning from duty. The list of participating agencies is subject to change before the day of the event, therefore we ask that you please check our agency’s website at dcor.state.ga.us for an updated list.

In addition, the Department of Labor will be in attendance and will provide access to job information and job counseling to applicants. This event is free and open to active duty and transitioning military personnel, National Guard personnel, reservists and veterans who register online at: adobe.ly/1h2OmMc or at GDCjobs.com.

“Hosting these job fairs is a win-win for both the military and the Department of Corrections,” said Commissioner Brian Owens. “By taking these job opportunities directly to our military men and women, we have access to a talented, capable workforce.”

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 60,000 state prisoners and more than 160,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 12,000 employees.

For more information on the GDC call 478-992-5247 or visit http://www.dcor.state.ga.us.

Georgia’s ‘Remembering Our Fallen’ memorial wall arrives at the Capitol

Remembering Our Fallen memorial wall

Since October 20, 2013, the “Remembering Our Fallen” memorial wall has provided Georgians with an opportunity to honor their fallen service members. The wall has been on display at the National Infantry Museum, Georgia National Guard armories and Georgia Military College. On January 13, 2014, it arrived at the state Capitol.

The Georgia “Remembering Our Fallen” memorial wall is the eleventh of its kind in the United States. Each memorial wall is different; people can submit personal mementos, making each wall unique. These mementos come in many forms ranging from short letters to personal effects.

Georgia’s memorial displays photographs of uniformed soldiers, red, white and blue ribbons and American flags stretching the length of the walkway inside the James (Sloppy) Floyd Veteran Memorial Building’s plaza. The wall honors nearly 200 of Georgia’s service members from all branches and components of the military lost in action during the War on Terror. The memorial tells the collective story of service and sacrifice through images and through mementos left by family members, friends and fellow service members.

For example, the memorial image of Sgt. 1st Class John Beale is adorned with the patch of Beale’s Georgia Guard unit, the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Left by a fellow service member, the patch is a reminder of sacrifices made and service that endures.

The memorial wall incorporates images of other fallen Guardsmen as well as members of other service components from Georgia or who were stationed in Georgia. The Georgia National Guard has deployed more than 16,500 Guardsman since 2003 and currently has more than 1,600 Guardsmen mobilized overseas. Thirty-eight Guardsman assigned to Georgia Guard units have been lost in service since that time.

The “Remembering Our Fallen” memorial wall will be on display in the James H. (Sloppy) Floyd Veteran Memorial Building at the state Capitol until February 5.

Patriotic Productions, the company that created Georgia’s memorial wall, was founded by Bill & Evonne Williams of Omaha, Nebraska. The couple had a desire to honor the United States military and now presents others who wish to do the same with the opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifice of Georgia service members. Though not veterans themselves, or children of veterans, the Williams’ four children currently serve in different branches of the U.S. military.

Click here for more photos of the memorial wall at the Capitol.