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August 4, 2005

Valdosta - Two Valdosta soldiers who were killed in combat were honored with a special memorial Thursday.

Lowndes County commissioners laid a wreath in front of the courthouse to honor the fallen members of the 48th Brigade's Alpha Company. Two flags were placed beside the wreath in memory of Sergeant John Thomas and Specialist Ronnie Shelley.

The memorial is a way to remember their sacrifices and show support for the soldiers still serving overseas.

"I'm always sending pictures to the soldiers overseas, and it's just to let them know that wherever they come from, we support what they're doing over in Iraq," said Tiny Stringfield, Family Assistance Coordinator for the National Guard.

Commissioners say they hope these will be the last flags placed around the memorial.

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