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Georgia Memorial Day observances begin

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Information from GA Pundit-

Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday.

Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflict - joined dozens of Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers Thursday morning just ahead of Memorial Day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

With her two young boys, Shanette Booker stood near the front of Fort Stewart's chapel Thursday morning silently holding a lit candle.

"This, for us, is a very big deal," said Booker, whose husband Army Staff Sgt. Andre Booker died in August 2011 just after returning from a deployment to Afghanistan.

"It shows that the community still comes together to honor the fallen and that their memory isn't just a memory, they're still around, appreciated and their service is still honored."

 "I asked if they know what Memorial Day is, and they both said this is the day that we honor all of the heroes that have died like Daddy," she said.  

 In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.

"As Americans, we live in freedom each and every day, sometimes without a passing thought and often we take it for granted," said Gov. Nathan  Deal. "But when the soldiers we honor today forfeited their lives for us, they took us by the hand, placed it under the bloodstained stream of liberty and said, this is freedom."

 

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