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Valdosta Residents Honor Fallen Soldiers

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

It was a day of remembrance for veterans, troops and residents.

Members of the American Legion Post 13 hosted their annual Memorial Day service at Sunset Cemetery.

"It means a lot to us too and gives away that thinking those people that are serving now in the service that we really appreciate them and everything they're doing for us to continue our freedom," says Retired Airmen Jack Scoggins.

Moody Air Force Base Commander Randall Richert said more than 1,200 airmen are deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq right now.

Richert called those wars the longest combat involvement in the nation's history.

He said it's always the troops that never make it back that hurt the most.

"Heroes like First Class Lebanard Chavez who was killed by sniper fire while providing security for fellow airmen," says Richert.

There are more than 100 flags all around Sunset Cemetery standing above the graves of those who paid the ultimate price.

"I think that people paid the ultimate sacrifice, those are the ones who didn't come back," says Retired Flight Nurse Joanne Scoggins.

After the service, people walked through the cemetery honoring the gravestones of soldiers dated as far back as the Civil War.


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