AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - A memorial now stands inside Georgia Southwestern State University in honor of the lives lost in the War on Terror.
Sue Dauber of Tennessee scanned through hundreds of names on this memorial wall Thursday morning to find three she holds dear to her heart.
Once she found them, she ran her fingers over them and took pictures to send back home to three mothers who have lost their sons in the War on Terror.
"My dear friends, who lost their sons, being able to touch the names of their sons, it just really touches my heart," Dauber said.
The names are posted on this moving wall now standing inside Georgia Southwestern State University of Americus as part of this year's National POW/MIA recognition event, "The Ride Home'".
This is Dauber's fourth year to attend, but this is the first year the walls hold the names those who gave it all in Iraq, Afghanistan and the September 11th attacks.
"As we're seeing, the war on terror is not just a flash in pan conflict. It's going to be with us for a very very long time and these are the people that made those sacrifices," said Bob "Bulldog" Ousley, Veteran.
Veterans who helped set up the memorial say the wall will help relate the effects of war to younger generations.
But it's just a small part of what organizers are doing this weekend to recognize military men and women. Several events will be held this weekend in Americus and Andersonville to honor over 18-thousand Prisoners of War and their families.
"Our Prisoners of war especially, when they came back from war," added Bulldog. "They were so absorbed in just coming home, many especially in World War Two and Korea, came back without great fanfare. "
The events are open and free to the public.
Friday, Sept. 19
• POW/MIA escort Andersonville National Cemetery – 7:30 a.m.
• Missing in Action Memorial Service – Andersonville National Cemetery – 8:30 a.m.
• POW/MIA escort to GSW – 3:45 p.m.
• Opening Ceremony – GSW Storm Dome – 5 p.m.
• Keeping the Promise…We Will Not Forget Service – GSW Storm Dome – 7 p.m.
• Candlelight Service – GSW Storm Dome – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21
• POW/MIA escort to GSW – 10:50 a.m.
• National POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony – GSW Storm Dome – 11:30 p.m.
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