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Annual DeKalb County flag memorial honors America’s fallen heroes

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It’s a day to remember America’s fallen heroes. Red, white and blue fills the front yard of the DeKalb County Courthouse. On Memorial Day weekend, over a hundred flags fly high to honor those who paid the ultimate price.

“There’s longevity in Memorial Day because the people that sacrificed before us, have an impact to this day on how we live,” said flag memorial organizer Dwain Adkins.

Army veteran Dwain Adkins, along with fellow veterans and community members, put up the flags twice each year.

Once for Veterans Day and again for Memorial Day.

He says he wants to make sure the fallen aren’t forgotten.

“You can have the best intentions but you can’t bring the people back,” said Adkins. “All you can do is revere their service.”

Adkins says one way civilians can honor those who never made it home, is by serving locally in their own communities.

“It’s a challenge for them to find something else that they can do to make their community better,” said Adkins.

In 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance. It asks Americans to pause for one minute at 3 p.m. in an act of national unity.

“I think maybe the flags and Memorial Day, reading of names and so forth, in a small way, helps the people think that they didn’t die in vain. That there was an actual cause there.”

Adkins is looking for volunteers to stand ‘guard’, for an hour or more, in November’s veteran vigil. For more information, contact adkinsdl@hotmail.com.

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