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News Community Memorial Day - Standing for those who stood for us

Veterans, families and friends gathered Monday at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Park to remember those who have died in the service of our nation. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. Although celebrated since 1866, it did not become an official holiday until 1971. It was originally meant to honor those who died in the Civil War, but after World War I, it was expanded to include all who have died in the service of the United States.The 2012 Memorial Day Service was sponsored by the American Legion Post 108 in Franklin. Services were held at the Macon County Veterans' Memorial on the Georgia Road on Monday afternoon. All branches of the service were represented and honored in the celebration.

The guest speaker JHMC James DuBose, spoke to guests about the importance of remembering all those who have served our nation and have given the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom.

Since the American Revolution, 4.8 million Americans have served, 1.4 million have been wounded, 142,000 have been held as Prisioners of War, 92,000 have been missing in action and 1,5,67,134 have lost their lives in battle.

The American Legion decorated the graves of 700 veterans at Woodlawn Cemetery with American Flags.

The Honor Guard did the Rifle Volley and Echo Taps was played.

Louise Womack, ALA President presented the memorial wreath.

The Quartermaster was Bud Colcord and the Master of Ceremonies was Don Lanson.

Photos by Vickie Carpenter





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