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The James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building

The 20-story James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Veterans Memorial Building (or “Sloppy Floyd Building” for short), named for State Representative James Floyd, houses various government agencies and divisions, is the central work location for thousands of Georgia’s state employees.

Many of the area’s commuters unknowingly pass through the building daily, as it is directly connected to the Georgia State Station on MARTA’s east/west rail line. Adjacent to Georgia’s State Capitol Building, the “Sloppy” Floyd Building and the man for whom the structure is named have a unique history.

In the 1970’s, the Georgia Building Authority allowed the state to begin construction on various new buildings. The Sloppy Floyd Building was one of these, planned as part of a new 10-square block State Capitol Complex. While originally deemed only a small part of the complex, the Sloppy Floyd Building opened in 1980 and was ultimately the only structure built completely.

With 800,000 square feet of rentable space, the Sloppy Floyd Building (also sometimes referred to as the “Twin Towers”) is part of a large cluster of tall buildings situated in downtown Atlanta. Though the brick building’s 1970’s architecture is juxtaposed by the constantly developing high-rises of the city, it features several modern amenities, including: a large connected parking deck with covered bridge walk-through; a large cafeteria called the “Capitol Commons” – complete with a Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Barberitos, Quiznos and more; and direct connections to MARTA’s rail and bus services.

The building’s namesake, James Floyd, was a native of Chattooga County in north Georgia. While in high school in the early 1930’s, James was described by coaches as an unusually thin football player whose over-sized football jersey was constantly flopping around his gangly frame. So, coaches began referring to him as “Sloppy.” Unexpectedly, the nickname stuck with Floyd for the rest of his life.

Floyd enlisted as an Army private in 1941, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II and served until he was discharged as a major in 1946. He later rose to serve as the Adjutant Quartermaster of Georgia’s Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Floyd would go on to represent Chattooga County in Georgia’s House of Representatives for 22 years, where he became chairman of the Georgia Appropriations Committee and developed a strong authority over the state budget. Floyd served in the House of Representatives from 1953 until his death, cause by a sudden heart attack, in 1974.

He was as central a figure in the state legislature during his time, one might say, as the Sloppy Floyd Towers are to state government, today.

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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.