Touring Photo Gallery for Georgia Fallen Opens in Macon

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Updated: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 09:44:37 EST

Phyllis Nathan Holt says she holds no grudges against the military. Her son, Nathan, like the 191 others on display at the Terminal Station in Macon are Georgia soldiers who died overseas since the September 11 attacks on America.

"He loved the military," said Holt, Nathan's mother. "On his last letter to me he said 'mom, I have no regrets'." 

Holt says she wanted her son to stay in college, but knew deep down this is what her son really wanted to do. It's been six years since Nathan was killed in an IED blast in Iraq, but Holt makes sure her son's memory lives on.

"I'm constantly telling people that Jason is my son, that he was killed in Iraq, said Holt. "I'm always talking about him."

His photo is part of a touring photo display, called "Remembering Our Fallen of Georgia" that debuted in Macon at the Terminal Station Tuesday.

It's purpose is to make sure the sacrifice of Georgians who died in service does not go unnoticed. Soldiers like Philip Dodson of Forsyth.

"He was a true military guy," said Melissa Dodson, widow of Philip Dodson. "He was true military through and through."

Dodson lost her husband in 2005 in a vehicle rollover in Iraq and remembers every little thing about him.

"He was mischievous," she said smiling. "He liked to kid around, joke around, play practical jokes."

It's the family man side of her husband she doesn't want forgotten.

"The sacrifice he and all the other soldiers made is felt by the families, the state, everywhere," she said.

Company Commander Aaron Anderson remembers a number of soldiers honored as close friends. He described Alex French of Milledgeville as a hard working soldier. French was killed in Afghanistan in 2007 by an IED explosion. 

"Alex, you know, he was the one that made everyone laugh," said Anderson. "Events like this for me help with my healing process."

"As a family member, he's always there with us," said Holt. "But when someone else recognizes and continues to honor them its an extra honor that they're still thinking of our children our husbands."

The display is making its first stop in Macon as it begins a statewide tour. It will open daily to the public in the right wing of the Terminal Station in Macon until Veterans Day, November 11. The display will stop in Savannah after it leaves Macon.

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