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North Fulton Remembers

Services celebrate somber Memorial Day

Massee McKinley leads Roswell's crowd in his stirring rendition of "Proud To Be An American." (click for larger version)
May 28, 2014
NORTH FULTON, Ga. While many area residents took to the lake or the beach this past Memorial Day, many North Fulton residents took time to honor America and North Fulton's veterans living and dead.

More than 300 people attended the inaugural Memorial Day services at Milton's Freedom Park. Guest speaker was Col. Robert Certain, retired, now an Episcopalian minister. Certain flew 100 B-52 bomber missions over Vietnam and was shot down on that 100th mission in 1972 and made a prisoner of war.

He has written two books, "Yankee Air Pirates" and "Unchained Eagle." He is the executive director of the National Association of Military Chaplains.

Around 4,000 to 5,000 people gathered at the lawn at Roswell City Hall and Vietnam War Memorial for Memorial Day services highlighted by an address by Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, the granddaughter of Gen. James Doolittle, leader of the Tokyo Raid and Medal of Honor winner.

Hoppes wrote a book on the raid, "Calculated Risk" based on Doolittle's own assessment of the flight as well as "Just Doing My Job," about exploits of World War II soldiers based on the oral histories Hoppes collected.

JC 05-28-14

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