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Lowndes Vets salute comrades

 May 29, 2006
by Alicia Eakin

Valdosta -- Veterans held a ceremony at Valdosta's Sunset Hill Cemetery. Flags were at half staff while smaller flags adorned the graves of veterans as tokens of remembrance. The ceremony was conducted by American Legion Post 13 in Valdosta.

With approximately 4,000 World War Two veterans dying each day, the Legion works to not only remember the sacrifices made by veterans, but to educate the youth about their service to their nation.

"A lot of history is going with them, and we're trying to keep this history alive and teach the younger generation the sacrifices these men and women have made," said American Legion Post 13 Vice Commander Whit Chappell. 

Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day. It originated during the Civil War when citizens placed memorials on the graves of soldiers killed in battle.

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