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Clay National Guard Memorial unveiled

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A memorial wall is being unveiled at the Clay National Guard Center, located on the Dobbins Air Reserve Base.

                It was initiated in 2012 and Thursday, it will be officially unveiled with a dedication and ceremony.

                42 service men and women killed in action during the War on Terror, from the Georgia National Guard are permanently honored there.

                Donna Blair lost her husband, John in Afghanistan. His life and his service is memorialized on the wall with his photograph etched on a stone tablet. The memorial wall has been a long time coming, says Blair. " I didn't think the wall would ever be up and when I got the invitation that it was coming open this week, I was like oh my God!"

                She says she will bring her grandchildren to see the memorial wall. "To somebody else that's just a stone, to us, it's a place in time that's gonna be there from now on," she said.

                The Freedom Calls Memorial Foundation helped make it possible. "We wanted to make sure that these families knew it was in honor of their loved ones and for them. not anyone else," said James Nelson, Chairman of the Foundation.

                For Blair, the gesture is overwhelming. This tribute, one more step towards healing. "He believed in God. He believed in family. And he believed in country," she said. 

                The unveiling will take place Thursday August August 7th at 11:00am. The wall is not 100% complete though. The foundation is still selling personalized bricks for $50 a piece that will pave the viewing area in front of the wall.

                There will be as many as 2,000 bricks placed and they will help fund the project.

To purchase a brick: http://freedomcallsmemorialfoundation.org/

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