Wiregrass Memorial Day Celebration

Nearly two million US soldiers have died serving our nation since 1775. In Alabama, more than 60 have been killed in Iraq.

It was a somber ceremony full of honor, tears and pride for those who went to war and never returned home.

Family members, friends, city and county officials, even the chancellor of Troy University were there to pay their respects.

"From Flanders Field in World War 1 to the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War 2 to the mountains of Korea and the Chosun Reservoir to the jungles and rice patties of Vietnam to the mountains of Afghanistan and the deserts of Iraq, it will be on the backs of military men and women, the sons and daughters, who believe enough in freedom to put their lives on the line to protect the very country all of us hold dear," said Dr. Jack Hawkins of Troy University Chancellor.

The ceremony also included a dedication to prisoners of war and those missing in action as well as a flower-laying moment in honor of the fallen soldiers and their families.

Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said, "For the rest of us, we honor you, we thank you and we take the opportunity for a day of gratitude for hope for those who paid the full and last measure of devotion for our freedom."

Memorial Day was originally established to honor those who died in the Civil War. It was later turned into a day of honor for all men and women killed in any US military conflict

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