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A day of remembrance
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Approximately 300 people gathered in the Covington square to honor those from the county who died in past wars and thank those who either are serving or have served in the military.

"It was the largest crowd I'd ever seen before," said Roger Tingler, American Legion Post 32 adjutant, who has attended the annual event for several years.

Tingler said the large crowd proved how patriotic the county is.

"People realize more and more what these people did for them," said Tingler. "Newton County is very patriotic."

Pat Buchanan, who served for 27 years in the military, was the keynote speaker. Buchanan is retired from the Army and was a Green Beret.

The names of those from Newton County who were killed in past wars were read aloud and a wreath was placed in honor of the fallen soldiers.

The Junior ROTC from Newton County High School posted the colors.