Our family would like to express our gratitude to the citizens of Dawson, Hall, and Forsyth counties for their tremendous outpouring of support during the past weeks. The loss of Matthew has caused us incomprehensible grief; however, the support of this community has helped us to find strength.
Matthew will be missed deeply. There are no words to express the pain of our grief and loss. Matt gave his life for our freedom, and the tributes paid to Matthew’s sacrifice have filled our hearts with pride. We wish every single serviceman could have seen and felt the warmth and love that surrounded us and know how much their service to our country is appreciated.
We are deeply grateful to everyone who took the time to stand and honor Matthew. The displays of appreciation, patriotism and support on Dahlonega Highway and along the route from Lee Gilmer Airport to Cumming were overwhelming. We would specifically like to express our appreciation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the members of the Coal Mountain Baptist Church; Dawson, Hall, and Forsyth county law enforcement; the Patriot Guard Riders; and the faculty and staff of North Forsyth High School.
Please continue to keep all our brave men and women who are serving our country in your thoughts and prayers.
The Family of Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips