As the military widows walked down the runway Friday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, pride and strength filled the room.

“The fashion show itself was just spectacular,” said Kevin Vo, one the eight Texas State University students to host a fashion show to support the American Widow Project. Local military widows and family members of the fallen served as models for the event held as part of a grade for the public relations class.

“As they walked down the runway the message they were giving was that they have chosen to live life and celebrate the lives of those they have lost,” Vo said. “Each and every one of the models looked amazing and beautiful. They walked with pride and strength as they strutted their stuff, and I applauded every single one for being there that night.”

The group was able to raise about $4,000 for the San Marcos-based nonprofit. It provides military widows with support through inspiring and empowering community programs, said Taryn Davis, who founded the project after her own husband died in combat in Afghanistan. Since 2008, the project has helped more than 800 widows. Both Davis and her husband graduated from Texas State University.

Read more about the event at forthoodherald.com.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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