BLUFFTON, GA (WALB) - Ahead of what would have been Army Lieutenant Weston Lee's 26th birthday, friends family and military supporters continue remembering the fallen South Georgia soldier.
During a time of loss, there are usually grief and sorrow.
But on Saturday, those emotions are set aside to celebrate Lieutenant Lee's life and legacy after defending our country.
Brandi Guynn grew up down the road from Army Lieutenant Weston Lee.
"He was a standup person," said Guynn.
"I rode through a small town in Alabama, and there was a statue, and when I saw that I envisioned Weston on a statue in Bluffton and I'm chasing that dream," explained Guynn.
Guynn organized a concert saying Lt. Lee honored his country and hometown and now she wants to do the same for him.
Saturday's memorial concert was about more than just remembering this selfless soldier.
Music, food, and boutique vendors from Georgia, Alabama, and Florida are spent a full day supporting a Bluffton native.
As a child Lt. Lee sold boy scout popcorn to Guynn's family and spent time with her 90-year-old grandmother setting up her record player.
"Today is all about honor. He gave the ultimate sacrifice. He paid the ultimate sacrifice, for us," said Guynn.
She wants to share this special man's life with 15 hundred people.
"Seeing a large group of people here to honor and celebrate his life," is what Guynn described as her favorite part.
It's this community and military veterans like Greg Camp who feel inspired to volunteer.
"Today is a day of remembrance. It's a day of celebration of Weston's life. It's a day to pay respect to Weston and to our country. and just get together and have fellowship," explained Camp.
Guynn says she hopes to raise 50 thousand dollars for the statue to go in Bluffton city park giving back to what she thinks he would have wanted.
"He was big on his community," said Guynn.
The event will likely go until the early hours of Sunday morning.
Admission is 15 dollars a person. To bring a cooler, it's an extra five dollars.
Lieutenant Lee's 26th birthday would have been August 22nd.
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