FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – “Specialist John Edmunds,” says Ron White effortlessly. “Private First Class Kristofor Stonesifer.”
He pauses for a quick moment and keeps going, “Private First Class Matthew Commons.”
He does that for several minutes.
White from Fort Worth can recite the rank and name of 2,200 military service members killed in the war in Afghanistan.
He has memorized them over the last nine months.
“It’s just a way to honor them and say when we say ‘you are not forgotten,’ I really -really – really mean you are not forgotten,” says White.
White says he doesn’t know the fallen heroes personally, but he knows each name.
In fact, he carries a black binder with all the names listed.
You can pick a number and he can immediately tell you the name on the list.
“There (are) men who have said ‘My son is in that book,’” explains White. “He opened it up and found his son’s name in the book, and he told me his story.”
White is a veteran himself.
He served in Afghanistan in the Navy in 2007 and wanted to do something big to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“The idea just came to the my head,” says White.
Now he wants to create his own wall, a giant sized traveling whiteboard.
He says it needs to be 50 feet long and 7 feet tall.
White’s plan is to travel the country and make dozens of stops.
Along the way he wants to write the name of every serviceman and woman on the board from memory in each city.
“It’s been very emotional for me now that I’m meeting people with family members,” explains White.
He has already met several families around the country and he hopes to meet more.
“I have learned about these guys lives,” says White. “I want to honor them.”
White hopes to get his wall ready by February 28th.
He will be writing all 2,200 names that day at Burnett Plaza in Fort Worth starting at 8 a.m.
White says as of right now he’s still trying to raise money for his traveling whiteboard and can use the help with donations.
He has been told it could cost several thousand dollars.
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