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The North Georgia Vets salute during “Taps” played by Gary Cherry. PHOTOS BY JIM FRANCIS

North Georgia Vets remember with honor their fallen comrades

The Monday, May 29 Memorial Day commemoration presented by the North Georgia Veterans (NGV) at the Big Canoe Chapel honored America’s fallen heroes. With grace and dignity, the NGV led the overflow audience in prayers, songs, and reflections to memorialize—with respect and sometimes a touch of humor—what it means to serve. They shared the sacrifices, disappointments as well as the unforgettable love and respect they held and still hold for their comrades in arms.

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An overflow crowd attended the North Georgia Vets Memorial Day program at the Big Canoe on Monday,
May 29.

Cub Scout Pack 20 opened the program, leading the Pledge of Allegiance followed by NGV Chaplain Ed Brown offering the invocation.

The NGV Chorus, under the direction of Bob Montgomery, sang “America the Beautiful,” “Mansions of the Lord and “The Navy Hymn.” Janet Larson accompanied the chorus on the piano.

The Big Canoe Chapel Bells, under the direction of Ann Montgomery, presented “An American Medley.”  

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North Georgia Veterans Chaplain Ed Brown led the invocation

Colonel (Ret) Pat Bodelson offered very moving remarks. He began by reminding the audience that Memorial Day in not a celebration. It is a time to remember and honor those who have sacrificed everything that we may live in freedom.

“Today is a national day of remembrance. It is not a day for celebration but rather a day in which we remember those who gave their lives in battle so that we could remain free.

Freedom was not given to our nation as a gift, rather it was given to us as a reward—bravely earned by those willing to sacrifice their lives.

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The North Georgia Veterans Chorus, under the direction of Bob Montgomery sang America the Beautiful,
Mansions of the Lord and the Navy Hymn. Janet Larson accompanied them on the piano.

St John wrote: ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’” To read the full speech, click here.

NGV member Gary Cherry played “Taps” to close the program.

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The Big Canoe Chapel Bells, under the direction of Ann Montgomery, presented “An American Medley.”

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