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Thomasville, Ocilla honor their military veterans

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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –  Thomasville observed Veterans Day with a free program at the city's auditorium today.

A 5th Grade Music Class from Brookwood School sang several patriotic songs. Thomasville High School's Air Force Jr. ROTC also presented the colors and the Military Service Flags to a crowd full of Veterans from all branches of our armed forces.

"General America should understand that all their freedoms they enjoy is due to the fact that somebody served some place in this world for that fact," says Lt. Curt Crowe, a retired U.S. Navy Officer. "And a lot of these folks, men and women, didn't come back."

The community also released 100 orange balloons at Remington Park in memory of Vietnam's Agent Orange Victims.

Thomasville observed Veterans Day with a free program at the city's auditorium. A 5th Grade Music Class from Brookwood School sang several patriotic songs. Thomasville High School's Air Force Jr. ROTC also presented the colors and the Military Service Flags to a crowd full of Veterans from all branches of our armed forces.

Dozens of people gathered on the Courthouse square in Ocilla to honor those who served in the military.

American Legion Post 100 has held this event for the last 15 years. They say the crowd grows every year.

During the ceremony the crowd listened to patriotic performances by the Irwin County Marching band and choir and heard some emotional words from a special guest speaker.

An honor roll was read honoring veterans who are no longer with us.

"Whether they did or didn't come back it's the sacrifice the men the women or volunteered or otherwise served this country," said Bill Prather of American Legion Post 100.

The American Legion also holds a smaller event in the same area on memorial day during which they also place flags on gravesites of veterans in the county.

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