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Memorial Day Service at Liberty Plaza

May 22, 2015
Patriotic flowers sit beside a memorial plaque.

Veterans, families, political figures and citizens gathered on the lawn of Liberty Plaza on May 20 to pay tribute to Georgia’s fallen soldiers in a heartfelt Memorial Day service.

A special dedication was made to Commissioner Pete Wheeler, who served the state of Georgia for an unparalleled 66 years with his unwavering commitment to serving veterans and their families.

The list of speakers included Governor Nathan Deal, Senator Mike Dugan, W. Duane Williams and Chaplain Major Andrew Parker. Each paid their respects to those who have bravely paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we’re able to enjoy as Americans.

Brigadier General Joe Jarrard gave tribute to Georgia’s fallen soldier who died within the last year. Staff Sergeant Jason Andrew McDonald of the Army lost his life on June 9, 2014 as he served his country in Afghanistan.

As part of the service, a new Iraq and Afghanistan War memorial plaque was introduced to the Pete Wheeler Georgia War Veterans Memorial Plaza. All the names of Georgians killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are listed on the memorial. A bouquet of patriotic flowers were placed beside the new addition to the Memorial Plaza in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day.

As the chaplain led the crowd in a benediction prayer after a moving rendition of Taps from the 116th Army band, heads bowed across Liberty Plaza in remembrance of those who have paid the ultimate price for their country. The sacrifices of these brave men and women are not overlooked, and we will be forever grateful for their selfless acts of service.

To see a video of the ceremony, visit our Facebook page and be sure to take time on Memorial Day to remember our brave military men and women.

State offices will be closed on May 25 in honor of Memorial Day.

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Blogger for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.

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