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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

This memorial day, fallen veterans will be remembered in special way thanks to an Albany man's donation.

A field of crosses will be on display, allowing South Georgians to pay their respects for the men who died while serving in the military.

122 white crosses bear the names of men who died in combat while fighting for our country.

Bill Brooks made and donated the crosses to the American Legion and will be displayed on the front lawn of the Albany Mall this memorial day.

"That's who this is for really, the City of Albany. For our citizens to go and honor these gentlemen from our area," said Bill Brooks.

It took Brooks about 8 months to craft the crosses. The crosses mark the fallen from Albany and Dougherty County from World War 1 through Afghanistan.

Marvin Mixon, a Vietnam veteran says he feels close to every one of those names on the crosses.

"I just feel like they were my brothers. Almost blood kin. It just have a lot of meaning for us cause the rest of us that serve, we could be in their place," said Marvin Mixon.

Bill says each one of these crosses represents the cost of freedom and reminds us of the sacrifice each person gave for our country.

Brooks says freedom would not be free without these men giving their lives to makes us safer.

"It will tickle me to death, if people when they came by and saw this, just got out and walked up to any one of those markers whatsoever and wrote little thank you notes. Because that's what it's all about," said Bill Brooks.

Brooks hopes that's he has shown honor to every person whose name bears a cross.

Sunday, there will be a short memorial program with a prayer, rifle salute and a band will play taps. That service will begin at 4 p.m. in front of the Albany Mall.

The crosses will be erected Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. Anyone is welcome to come out to help. The crosses will stay up the entire holiday weekend and will be taken down Tuesday morning.

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