1st. Lt. Weston Lee honored at Southwest Georgia Academy

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DAMASCUS, Ga. (WTVY) First Lieutenant Weston Lee is being immortalized at Southwest Georgia Academy.

The school is retiring his football jersey after he died earlier this year.

David Byrne was one of Weston Lee's football coaches at SGA.

He says, "I knew he had a big impact, but I didn't know how big it was until he passed."

Lee was killed in Iraq a few months ago.

Now, his alma mater is making sure he's always remembered.

He graduated from SGA in 2010.

Byrne says, "Those Friday night lights, that’s what he loved."

Friday night, they are retiring his football jersey. Number 24, when SGA plays their top rival, Terrell =Academy.

Headmaster Matt Dalrymple says,
"There isn't anything we can do to replace Weston, but this is something we can talk about and remember his influence in the school and in America."

Lee played several sports but Dalrymple says football was his favorite.

Falling in love with the weight room his junior year, they say he may not have been the biggest but he worked the hardest.

Byrne says, "He gave everything he had every time, and he worked his butt off nonstop."

Then worked as hard protecting us as he did in school.

"What he died for, his namesake, he needed to be remembered."

His jersey will be displayed in the gym, for everyone to remember 1st Lt. Weston Lee.

Weston grew up in Bluffton, Georgia and the town is working to name a park after him.

They still need around $25,000 to get new park equipment and CrossFit equipment.

And $25,000 for a seven foot statue of Weston that will be placed at the park.

If you'd like to donate to the park equipment you can mail your donation to:

Bluffton, Ga.

And if you’d like to donate to the statue you can mail your donation to:

Bluffton, Ga.