Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our nation. Nearly 3,000 people were killed.
Several organizations throughout Central Georgia are honoring those lives lost in the war on terror. Claire Davis spent the morning at Georgia Military College where they honored those victims and awarded six students who have lost a parent.
For 12-year-old Alexis French, it's hard to remember details about her father's passing.
“We were at my grandma's house and we saw on the news that my daddy had died,” said Alexis.
But if you ask her what he did, “He was in the National Guard Army Reserve,” said Alexis.
In 2009, Staff Sergeant Alex French IV, was part of the 48th Brigade and on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when he was killed in action. His wife Shanoca says it wasn't, and still isn't easy to process.
“Had to pick up the pieces and figure out where we go from here. Hard, because being a single parent is hard and then you also have them missing your dad,” said Shanoca.
Her daughter Alexis and son Alex are twins. They're in seventh grade at Georgia Military Prep School and on Friday they got a big surprise -- a scholarship from NewDay USA to pay for the rest of their tuition at Georgia Military Prep School.
“It's not cheap and so you have expenses as far as tuition. You also have uniforms and other things that they need throughout the year. So getting that scholarship was, I can't even explain it's just truly a blessing,” said Shanoca.
Just one way Central Georgia is working to honor those lost after September 11, 2001.
The morning ended with Georgia Military College Prep students writing the names of every victim of the 9/11 attacks on the sidewalk throughout campus.