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DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -

The Remembering Our Fallen from Georgia is a touring photo display honoring those who have died in combat since September 11, 2001. Family and friends gathered for a special ceremony Friday to honor them.

These are servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The Remembering Our Fallen display is making its way across Georgia and Douglas is the fourth stop on the tour.

"A lot of them have family notes that have been attached by the family members while it has been touring so it makes a deeper, longer lasting impression," said Ronnie Carver, District Director of Georgia Exchange Clubs.

A couple from Nebraska came up with idea years ago to have a display like this all over the country.

"One of their friends had made a comment about his son had been killed four years earlier. He felt like his son had been forgotten. And that impressed them enough to do this for very reason," said Carver.

This exhibition is a reminder to people to never forgot those who have died for their freedom.

Reagan Gibbs has been touring with the photo display since its first stop in Columbus in August. Her husband Mathew Gibbs was killed in Baghdad one month before their first wedding anniversary.

"He was killed August 3, 2005. There was a roadside checkpoint suicide bomber and a car explosion," said Reagan Gibbs.

Gibbs says this wall helps put faces with the names of people who served. And the connection with others whose loved ones are on this wall pulls her through the tough times.

"It makes you feel like you're not alone. Your heart kind of breaks but it feels good to know that people are not going to forget," said Gibbs.

202 servicemen and women from Georgia have died serving our country since September 11, 2001.

Anyone can view The Remembering Our Fallen from Georgia at the Douglas National Guard Armory until January 9 from 10 to 4 everyday.

When the display leaves Douglas, the next stop for The Remembering Our Fallen from Georgia will be Atlanta.  

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