Gold Star families honored at Kroger Field

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- For Kentucky and Georgia fans there was something unifying on the way into Kroger Field Saturday, a traveling exhibit in honor of all service members who have died since September 11, 2001.

The 28 towers have around 5,200 names of the men and women who died fighting the war on terror.

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One man said it was emotional seeing their names and faces.

“I’m having a hard time talking to you right now holding it back from what I do feel. It is very emotional. My family had been in every war since World War I,” he said.

Gold Star Families, those whose loved ones have died in war, were also honored on the field as the names of those killed from Kentucky and Georgia were displayed for a patriotic solid blue crowd.

A Gold Star Mother who travels with the memorial says bringing it to different cities gives her a sense of pride.

“I want to share and celebrate. I call these my kids now. These are my kids that I take throughout and I listen to their stories and I begin to share their stories also,” Noala Fritz said.

Fritz says about 150 gold star families were on the field for the start of the game.

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