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May 26, 2003

Thomasville- It was a solemn service at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Veterans read the names of comrades who died over the past year while in the background a family mourned the loss of one of their own.

As the service continued, people prayed for all deceased veterans, including those like John Weaver who planned this year's event, but died just 8 days before it took place.

"This year John was going to do most of the dedications, and then when John passed away we decided that we would make a tribute to John Weaver and his dedication to veterans," explains veteran, Larry Price.

A dedication his widow says even we he got sick was unwavering. "I feel honored and I know that John would be honored. I just really appreciate all they've done for us and for John. I really think that he was deserving for what he has been through and what he's done," says Weaver's widow, Kay Weaver.

She says her husband wanted all veterans to get more involved and honor each other. This Memorial Day his wish came true.

Memorial Day was once called Decoration Day, a day to decorate the grave sites of fallen veterans. This year is no different. Over two thousand flags were placed on the graves of veterans around the county.

Before he passed, Weaver even enlisted middle school students to help place the flags. Reaching out to younger generations is something Weaver's friends plan to continue to do.

"When you get down to it, you have to fight for that piece of cloth, literally fight. Then they'll know what its all about," says veteran George Passmore.

Though he isn't here to see it John Weaver's Memorial Day vision is continuing to live on. John Weaver died at the age of 69. More than 75 volunteers, including school children, boys scouts and other veterans came out Monday morning to place the flags on the grave sites.

Posted at 6:30 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com

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