Douglas Honors Fallen Soldiers

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the Douglas High football team honored military members, first responders and especially the 13 servicemen who lost their lives in Afghanistan last month. 

Douglas High School junior Jonathan Fountaine wasn't even born during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, but he knew the sacrifice. He also knew the sacrifice of the 13 soldiers who died in Afghanistan last month.

Fountaine wanted to honor them all during Douglas' game Friday night against Fairview, so he gathered his team and the idea began.

"I felt as if it was the right thing to do considering how much they do for us," he said. "It would only be right to honor those who have fallen recently, fighting for us; they are the reason we are able to do what we do in daily life without worrying."

The tribute took place right before kickoff.

The Douglas High School football team captains Jonathan Fountaine, Gabe Lawrence, Eli Teal and Jaycob Calloway led the way with other members of the team with 13 American flags. They stood in solidarity in the middle of the field as the rest of the filled stadium paid their respects to the 13 soldiers who were killed last month. The flags were then ran across the field to Douglas' home side, where each flag had a place for it to fly during the game.

They also honored 4 local first responders, who have either graduated from Douglas High School or have children who attend the school.

First responders who were honored included, Douglas Class of 1999 graduate, Sgt. Jason Brothers, who has served tours in Afghanistan; Douglas Fire Chief, Jeremy Sides, who is also a graduate of Douglas; Chuck Decker, who has served military tours overseas; and Deputy Chief, Brian Walls, from Guntersville Fire and Rescue.

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