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March 18, 2014

Remembering the fallen

Traveling exhibit remembers fallen Georgia heroes

MILLEDGEVILLE —

“Man does not die until he is forgotten.”

Georgia Military College’s Peter Boylan Hall Atrium showcased a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by 200 Georgians serving the United States who died from wounds suffered in war zones since Sept. 11, 2001.

A touring pop-up photo display, “Remembering Our Fallen,” was set up Monday through Friday at GMC from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Interested members of the public viewed the piece free of charge.

The exhibit, created by Bill and Evonne Williams of Patriotic Productions, Omaha, Neb. and sponsored by Bellevue University, makes sure residents don’t forget the nation’s servicemen and women. The Williamses have a desire to honor the U.S. military and share that opportunity with others who wish to do the same.

“We wanted to honor them, but not have it sit in a museum where nobody would see it,” Bill said. 

“Remembering Our Fallen” was created for those killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to establish as a legacy for those names to forever be remembered and spoken.

Bill and Evonne do not come from military families, nor are they veterans themselves. Sometimes, it is easier for those “outside” of the military to show honor and respect. 

The couple’s four sons have certainly changed the family’s legacy, as well as opened their eyes to life on the “inside” of the military. 

Having sons who served in war zones helped Bill and Evonne appreciate the sacrifices.

Less than 1 percent of Americans serve in the military or know someone who has served, according to Bill.

“It doesn’t affect many people, but if your son or daughter is on display, we want people to come honor their sacrifice,” he said.

In November 2010 with the backing of the Omaha World-Herald newspaper and financial support of several sponsors including Bellevue University, the Williamses created the exhibit. The national campaign launched in Adel, Iowa, on May 1, 2011, with Iowa’s fallen.

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