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African-American service members who gave their lives for freedom honored

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No longer among the living but never forgotten. This is the 14th year of the Memorial Day ceremony at Piney Grove Cemetery.

"Praise God for those who have served our nation so that you and I can enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today," said Lt. Col. James S. Cooper, Retired U.S. Army.

Cooper reflected on his 31 years in the United States Army and honored other African-American soldiers who bravely fought for this country.

"We think we had it hard but they really had it hard," he said. "They made many sacrifices for our nation only to come back to the United States and be treated as second class citizens."

Flags help mark the undying patriotism that remains.

John Javis hopes the message sinks in for his boys.

"I want them to understand what the history is and what the military is all about," he said.

Some can only imagine but still admire the price paid for freedom.

"Memorial Day gives me the opportunity to remember the fallen comrades that have gone before me," said Army PFC Reginald Cheeseboro.    

"Thank you to our troops," said Javis. "Thank you very, very much. We really appreciate what you guys do every day."

"I want to salute them for a job well done," said Cooper.

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