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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Veterans Day is Monday, November 11 and despite a chilly Saturday morning, dozens of people came out to honor those who have served our country.

"Less than one percent of our nation served in the military and because of their sacrifices for them and their families, we are able to do, speak and be free," said Paul Murray, SOWEGA Veterans Coalition.

Veterans were happy to see Albany citizens come out for the ceremony.

91 year-old Silas Barnes served in the United States Marine Corps, and is a former POW. He says Veterans Day is an emotional day for him.

"Lot of them are getting old. Many of the veterans that serve this country never come back and I think all the veterans helps the United States do right for the people and the country," said Silas Barns, USMC Veteran and former POW.

Master Staff Sergeant Uysel Inman brought his Monroe High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets to the ceremony. He says it's important for young people to learn about the sacrifices made for freedom.

"We teach leadership every single day. My specialty is leadership. Showing them how to be a servant how to be a leader. How first to serve and then to be a leader," said Master Sergeant Uysel Inman, Monroe H.S. AFJROTC.

This year's guest speaker was Marine Corps Logistics Commander Major General John Broadmeadow.

After the ceremony, a police escort and motorcade led veterans to the American Legion where festivities continued.

On Veterans Day, a dedication ceremony for the WWII Memorial at Veterans Park will be held at 11 a.m.

 

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