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Memorial Day: for those who gave all

Jeremy AustinBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

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“Memorial Day is a day to honor those who gave every last inch of life and everything precious to them in defense of this country,” Army veteran Capt. James L. McCormick said Monday during the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin.

McCormick served as keynote speaker for the ceremony, which organizer and veteran Mike Honaker described as a “Norman Rockwell painting of America at its best, when we as patriots and citizens come together as a nation and express our appreciation and thankfulness to our veterans and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.”

“A lot of folks look at Memorial Day as a way to thank all veterans. That’s good, but we have Veterans Day for that,” said McCormick, a native of West Virginia who served in operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. “When I think about Memorial Day. I think about sacrifice.”

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