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PFC Austin Staggs

What some may not know is this wall was not the first memorial wall I had attempted. In 2011, I set out to memorize everyone who died on 9-11 and the plan was to write out the names in alphabetical order on 9-11-2011 (the 10 year anniversary). I was cruising along at a very strong […]

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The 3 Kids Who Inspired Me

3 kids who changed my life forever inspired me everyday during the process of memorizing this wall. Their names are Jacob, Chloe and Kailey. When I returned from Afghanistan in 2008 I was 35 years old and had never been in a relationship that was super close to marriage. I had dated my share and […]

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I was his Lieutenant

It was the afternoon of February 28th, 2013. It was the first time I had ever written out the names on the wall and was in Burnett Plaza in downtown Ft Worth. It was a day full of emotion on so many levels and much of it was expected. I knew I would be emotional […]

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The Name I Knew on the Wall

One of the 1st questions I am asked is, ‘Did you know anyone on the wall?’ Yes and no. I knew the stories of many before I began memorizing the wall. I had heard the story of CIA Agent Johnny Spann who was the first KIA in country in 2001. I had read the story […]

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Why I did it

It took me 10 months of memorizing, tens of thousands of dollars….why did I do it? Was I trying to prove something? Maybe. Maybe just to myself. Or maybe just to make my time in the military significant for something. Let me explain… I don’t know if this is something I should admit or not… […]

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4 Things I Learned From This Wall

I have had a burning desire in my heart to do this wall for almost 2 years now. I just had to do it and I will explain the reasons why I had to do it in another blog. To be candid I had no idea what to expect. None…zero. People asked me where I […]

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My Predictions with the Wall Were All Wrong

On Veteran’s Day 2012 I released a Youtube video announcing the project –> http://youtu.be/fupc1MKv6Sg It was a big deal for me to do that. I am not one to boast publicly about something that I am GOING to do. In other words, you won’t find me talking about a goal I am going to hit […]

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The story of this project

I will be blogging here telling the story of the year of my life I have spent in with this project. I started memorizing it May 1, 2012 but the idea was in 2011. It was months and months of planning before the memory work began May 1st when I was in Mauritius to give […]

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