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WW II veterans among those honored in Marietta

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MARIETTA, Ga. -

One of Georgia's largest Memorial Day events took place in Marietta.  Legendary World War II heroes were in the spotlight at Marietta National Cemetery.  

The 69th Annual Memorial Day ceremony got underway at noon.  It was an extra special one because members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen and Atlanta's chapter of Tuskegee Airmen were honored.

The community came out in support, creating a sea of red, white and blue.  Wreathes, American flags, and people wearing our nation's colors filled the grounds before the ceremony began-- honoring all those who have served.    

Monday's event included wreath presentations, prayers and a 21-gun salute.  

U.S. Air Force Retired Brig. Gen. Leon Johnson was the keynote speaker.

"Freedom is not free. Brave men and women in the military served and have died to defend the freedoms that we have in our nation. We need to remember that on Memorial Day and say the reason we can have picnics and we go to ball games and have races is because brave men stand tall defending freedom," said Johnson.

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other groups of local children spent Saturday placing flags at the grave sites. Many of those groups take on the service project each and every year to help with Memorial Day preparations.

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