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Veterans and people who wanted to show their support for veterans packed Sunset Hills Cemetery in Valdosta for an annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Local government leaders spoke and a Civil War re-enactment group shot off guns in remembrance of our fallen veterans.

"It's about remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life," reminds Air Force Chief Master Sergeant John Brinkley. "Remembering those who gave a lot more then I thought about giving."

Dozens of Valdostans came out Monday to make sure those fallen vets and their families will not be forgotten. Speakers like Mayor John Gayle, County Chairman Bill Slaughter, Sheriff Chris Prine, and Police chief Brian Childress came out to say thank you. That same patriotic gratitude could be seen all across the cemetery.

More than 1,200 flags were placed at the head stones of fallen heroes at the cemetery.

Men like Arthur Brown, a World War II and Korean War veteran, came out in their military regalia with photos and memories to share. Brown joined the Navy in 1943, and now with only three of his shipmates still living, he says his days of war and comradery made him who he is today.

"Military taught me things that no college would ever teach me," recalls Brown; "how to get along with people, and that's important today."

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