Local Memorial Day events honor, thank military

6:30 PM, May 27, 2013   |    comments
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A visitor points to the name of someone who died during the Vietnam War, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC

ATLANTA -- Monday was a day to honor our military men and women, and the ultimate sacrifices they made -- all in the name of freedom.

A number of tributes took place around metro Atlanta, including one at Marietta National Cemetery.  

There's a unique custom the cemetery holds on Memorial Day. Until noon, the flag flies at half staff to remember those who died. Then it is raised, to honor the veterans still living. Like the flag, families throughout metro Atlanta spent the day at ceremonies both to mourn and celebrate those who have served so bravely.

A woman who attended the memorial said she was touched by the songs played.

Wanda Hightower said, "The Pledge of Allegiance - I am an American and proud to be an American. So to do those things and to see those events occur, that was truly moving to me."

For some, this weekend served as a kickoff to the summer vacation season, but for others who were at Monday's Memorial Day events, it was a day to remember and to honor our military.

 

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