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Georgia's fallen soldiers commemorated

September 9, 2007

Albany -- The ocean of red, white and blue came to life Sunday afternoon as several people paid their respect to those who have died for our country. "The ultimate price man can pay is to give his life for his friend. And his friend this time is his country," said U.S. Air Force. retiree, Vaughn Reid.

"If it weren't for them we wouldn't be were we are at right now and I am thankful for that," said Wendy Breckenridge.

Many in attendance also honored those who continue to fight. "This event is great support for all the people that have died for our country, and the people still involved with protecting our freedom," said Sergeant First Class David Minnick.

But it was during the reading of the 121 names of those in Georgia who have died in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom that brought the message home. "We couldn't do what we do without our military. And we need to uphold them and lift them up in prayer everyday," said Breckenridge.

And many did so Sunday with the flag. The flags that wave in the field represent those who have sacrificed for the freedom we have now. 

The memorial reminded everyone that this freedom is not without a price. "We must pay for everything we gain. In order to keep our freedom we must fight and sacrifice for it," said Reid.

A message that continues to be delivered with the wave of each flag. The money from any of the flag dedications will go toward the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation and Child Abuse Prevention Programs.

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