Twenty-six Georgians died in the service of our country in the past year.
Governor Nathan Deal hosted a ceremony Thursday at the State Capitol to honor them.
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Governor Deal, members of the armed forces, and friends and family members of the fallen gathered at the Capitol.
Deal became emotional as he spoke directly to the loved ones of those who died. “Remember the good things. Remember the smiles,” said Deal, pausing to collect himself. “Remember the times that you had together. We may not have shared those with you, but we all in our common experience, understand the loss that you have suffered.”
There are Memorial Day events scheduled throughout the metro area all weekend. Monday, at 3 p.m., is the National Moment of Remembrance. Established by Congress, it asks Americans to pause for one minute to honor those who gave their lives for the United States.