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Military sacrifice honored at Legion service
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Alyssa Vander Meer, 11, Emma Wilhite, 11, and Tara Wilhite, 11 take in the display of miltiary uniforms. - photo by Michelle Kim

About 125 people came to the American Legion Conyers Post 77 service Monday morning to honor the men and women who gave their life in military service.

 Guest speaker Maj. Donald Hanks, the senior instructor for the Marine Corps Jr ROTC at Heritage High School, said "It means a lot to us veterans to have you come out."

He reviewed the history of Memorial Day. "What began a day of remembrance by the early 20th century became an occasion for more general expression of memories...

"Memorial Day has further evolved from its more noble original intent to where many Americans simply view it as a long holiday, devoted to family get-togethers, cookout and shopping bargains."

"Today we are here to honor the heroes of the past. While we honor our fallen and their sacrifices, we need to honor our heroes today."

Other speakers and presenters included Post 77 Commander Jack Murphy, Commander-elect Zeste Debro, Chaplain Jim Crutchfield, Butch Henson, Auxillary President Valerie Brown Debro, and songs by Ron Lovin.

Attendees were served a lunch prepared by the Auxiliary and served by the Sons of the American Legion and Auxiliary members.

Inside the Post 77 hall, uniforms from all military branches donated by Rockdale and Conyers residents were on display. "We've got one of the most complete  unit displays in Georgia," said Zeste Debro.

A Red Cross Blood Drive was held from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.