CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. - Hundreds of people took part in a ceremony at the Georgia National Cemetery to honor the military personnel who died serving this country.
Speaking in a voice and style older than his mere 18 years, Austin Broughton offered a lesson on the history and the importance of Memorial Day.
“There is no greater love than a man laying down his life for his friends,” the teen declared.
"Obviously, there’s something right going on in our education system that (children) are here honoring our veterans on Memorial Day when so many of their friends are doing other things. And that gives me hope for the future,” one attendee said.
Gov. Nathan Deal was among the many who attended Saturday’s Memorial Day service in Canton.
“One of the things liberty buys is the ability to be irreverent," Deal said during his presentation.
Deal also offered his thanks to veterans and reminded people what the holiday is all about.
“I hope it’s important to everyone as we go through this Memorial Day weekend, and we have other ceremonies that will be coming up on Monday. It’s a good time for us to simply reflect on the cost that freedom extracts from all of us," Deal said.
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