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DeKalb honors its fallen veterans
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Edsel Frazier salutes the flag at Mondays Memorial Day program in Smithville. - photo by Photo by: Reed Vanderpool
DeKalb County took a moment Monday to remember its fallen soldiers.A Memorial Day program was held at the auditorium in the new county complex on South Congress Boulevard, followed by the laying of a wreath on the courthouse square.Music was provided by Josh Gulley and Susan Hinton, and guest speaker Major Jerry Parker paid tribute to fallen heroes from across the nation.The program also included an invocation by Chuck Olson, Pledge of Allegiance by Doyle Smith, and a remembrance of local soldiers by Judy Redmon.Emma Rigsby played taps at the conclusion of the wreath-laying ceremony.“Today is Memorial Day,” Parker said, “One of two national holidays when we honor those who serve in the Armed Forces. On Nov. 11 each year we honor our living veterans. Six months later, we honor and remember those who are no longer with us, especially those veterans who gave their lives on the field of battle.“America is only 236 years old.