A traveling exhibit honoring military personnel killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is currently at the Museum on Main, inside the new Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau on South Main Street.
The exhibit, titled "Remembering Our Fallen," serves as a tribute to the military and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The public is invited to view this exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Convention & Visitors Bureau until it moves to its next location on Oct. 24.
On Monday, citizens of Statesboro, active military personnel, and friends and family of fallen soldiers attended a reception opening the new exhibit. Maj. Jason Lewis, executive officer of the 48th Brigade Special Troops Battalion headquartered in Statesboro, commented on how imperative it is that we all remember those who have fallen in duty, and that we thank God for the lives they lived.
Included in the ceremony was a special tribute to Sgt. Brock Henry Chavers Sr. from Bulloch County, who was killed in active duty in 2009. Family members of Chavers received special recognition at the ceremony as well as a plaque commemorating his sacrifice.
"We are honored to host the ‘Remembering Our Fallen' exhibit here at our facility," said Barry Turner, vice president of the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau. "This powerful display is especially important to us because it includes one of our own, Sgt. Brock Chavers."
Georgia is one of 11 states that has completed an exhibit unique to the state that travels to different locations. Dan Williams, the Georgia representative for "Remembering Our Fallen," was present at the ceremony Monday.
"I'm very thankful to the Exchange Club, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Christian Motorcycle Group, and all of our other sponsors for supporting this so readily and enthusiastically," Williams said. "I've never had such a quick response to this exhibit before, and the tremendous support from everyone involved has meant so much to me."
All of the sponsors for this exhibit are The Exchange Club of Statesboro, Queensborough Bank, the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Statesboro Herald, Northland Communications and retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Bruce S. Bradford.
"The Exchange Club of Statesboro is so pleased to bring the ‘Remembering Our Fallen' exhibit to Statesboro along with our other local sponsors," said Lisa Glisson of the Exchange Club. "We encourage everyone to visit the memorial during regular Convention and Visitors Bureau hours until noon on Oct. 24."
For more information regarding this exhibit, call the Convention and Visitors Bureau at (912) 489-1869 or visit rememberingourfallen.org.