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From Woodstock to Lawrenceville, local communities came together in their own unique ways to remember our fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

In Milton, the names were read of local men and women who died in battle. The reminder: all gave some, but some gave all. White crosses and American flags lined Deerfield Parkway to give those who passed by a visual reminder of the sacrifices.

"So often, we go around thanking veterans for their service, but we have another day for that: it's called Veterans Day," said Robert Certain of the Military Chaplain Association. "Memorial Day is for those who gave the last full measure of devotion and died on the battlefield."

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In Gwinnett,families gathered at the Fallen Heroes Memorial, grateful there were no new names to add this year.

While many think of the long weekend as the unofficial start of the summer season, speakers asked the community to reflect on Memorial Day's true meaning.

"It's not a day of celebration," said volunteer Pam Long. "It's actually a day to remember and to be thankful that they took our place. That we could be here because of what they did."

In Roswell, one of the largest memorial events in the southeast, nearly 7,000 people gathered. Before the 21-gun salute, veterans were invited to speak and share their stories of service. Some parents even came to talk about the children they had lost.

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