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Fallen Military Honored In Valdosta Memorial Day Ceremony

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

By Greg Gullberg
May 27, 2013

Valdosta, GA - It's a day to honor those who gave all for their country: Memorial Day.

There was a packed service at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Valdosta to honor fallen men and women of America's Armed Forces.

"On this Memorial Day we remember there are 2,000 Americans who died in Afghanistan. There were 4,000 in Iraq. 58,000 in Vietnam. 33,000 in Korea," said Chief Master Sergeant John Brinkley of Moody AFB.

"Also as we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice we don't want to forget those who are serving now and protecting those freedoms we enjoy as we speak right here today," said John Gayle, Valdosta Mayor.

Each year Valdosta's American Legion Post 13 comes out and places flags at the grave of each fallen member of our armed forces at Sunset Hills Cemetery. In that cemetery alone there are more than 1,200.

"All of us gave some. But some of us gave all. And these flags show where those people lie today who gave the ultimate sacrifice," said Gates.

It's a sacrifice new sons and daughters now face. And for those who fall defending our country, they will be honored every Memorial Day for as long as our freedom rings.


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