Gordon State Students Help Honor Soldiers Killed in Action

Aiello, Boyd, Shedd, Grant, Fuentes, Dalton

Gordon State College students are among a group determined to honor and remember local service men and women who were killed in action from World War I to the present.

The focus of the Griffin-based "Honor Our KIA" committee is to preserve not how each soldier died, but how they lived.

The two-part project involves Gordon students providing the research necessary to document the history of each soldier. Southern Crescent Technical College students are preserving the research through the development of a documentary.

A celebration of the project will be held Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. at the Griffin Auditorium on East Taylor Street.

Participating in the free program will be Gen. William J. Livsey, U.S. Army Ret., the Griffin-Spalding Elementary School Honor Chorus which will perform a medley of the hymns of each branch of the U.S. military, and a presentation of the Oral History Documentary.

Twenty plaques will also be dedicated honoring 19 men and one woman who died in service to the country.

Families and friends of each lost soldier will be recognized.

The program will conclude with a performance of the song, "All Gave Some, Some Gave All," followed by Taps played by Randy Rawlings.

Gordon State College students participating in the project include Pam Fuentes, Jennifer Grant, Savannah Boyd, Thomas Shedd and Scott Dalton. The students were part of Dr. Thomas Aiello's spring semester history colloquium.