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Memorial Day service is scheduled May 30
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There's no way to truly thank those who laid down their lives for their country.

That doesn't mean their sacrifice can't be honored.

Dawson County residents are invited to attend the yearly Memorial Day service at 4 p.m. May 30 at Veterans Memorial Park.

The event is scheduled to feature the changing of the flags and a speech by keynote speaker and veteran Bill Sexton of Dawson County.

Pam Hamalainen, president of the Veterans Affairs of Dawson County, said the annual gathering is of great import.

"All gave some. Some gave all," Hamalainen said. "If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have the freedoms we have. So, why not honor those that have given to us."

Wayne Watkins, state president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, agreed.

"We hope to continue to bring newer generations out to remember what veterans sacrificed for the freedoms they enjoy," Watkins said.

Originally known as Decoration Day to memorialize soldiers killed in the Civil War, Memorial Day was first observed as a national holiday in 1971.

A memorial wall at the park has paid tribute for more than two decades to veterans killed in service.

Said Watkins: "Hopefully, the weather will be nice. We're hoping for a good turnout."

For more information on the service, call (706) 265-6278.

Veterans Memorial Park is located at 186 Recreation Road.

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