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By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Twenty-five million Americans have served in the military and Wednesday marks the 90th Veteran's Day observance.

 Local veterans in all branches of service were honored in Valdosta.

The American Legion began the ceremony by saying veterans are ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things.

"We really should consider veterans everyday because everyday veterans are fighting to preserve our freedoms we have in this country today," said Air Force Veteran R. D. Martin.

A combined color guard of Lowndes and Valdosta High Schools posted the colors. Then, the national anthem was played by the Valdosta High band.

 "I enjoy this," said World War II Veteran Arthur Brown. "I helped win the war."

A combined color guard of Lowndes and Valdosta High Schools posted the colors. Then, the national anthem was played by the Valdosta High band.

 

Mayor John Fretti said he was proud to be protected by the greatest military in the world. County Commissioner Richard Lee said veteran sacrifices is why he's standing here today.

"It's not just the most powerful nation in the world because of our veterans, but it's also the most envied nation in the world because of the freedom our veterans have secured," said Col. Gary Henderson Moody Air Force Base 23rd Wing Cmdr.  

The Lowndes Veterans Council read a proclamation issued by Governor Perdue, establishing Wednesday as Veteran's day across Georgia.

U.S. Army's Lt. Colonel Donald Wolfe talked about how Woodrow Wilson established this observance 90 years ago today after World War I ended.

"People are still answering the call of duty," said Wolfe. "They're proudly joining to serve their country at war and it's a proud day for all those past veterans and current veterans that are still alive today and still serving."

The flag was folded 12 times. The first fold representing life. When completely folded it symbolizes the nation's motto "In God We Trust." The ceremony ended with a gun salute, led by the Moody AFB Honor Guard Rifle team.

 1.4 million Americans are currently serving in the military.

 

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 A combined color guard of Lowndes and Valdosta High Schools posted the colors. Then, the national anthem was played by the Valdosta High band.