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Ft. Benning observes Memorial Day at graduation ceremony

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This weekend marks the unofficial start to the summer, but for families of fallen soldiers, it's a time they remember the ultimate sacrifice of their loved ones. News 3's Naomi Keitt was at the National Infantry Museum Friday morning as Fort Benning observed this Memorial Day.

Hundreds of families and friends gathered on teh parade field as they celebrated their newly graduated soldiers and remembered those soldiers who died defending our country.

"They've chose to become part of something bigger than themselves," said Colonel John J. Marr.

Service was the theme of Friday mornings graduation ceremony at the National Infantry Museum as hundreds of new soldiers took the first step to giving their all for this country.

"Joining one half of one percent of our nation's population that serve. So that people who they've never met and will never meet can live in peace and security," said Colonel Marr.

The ceremony also marked the posts observance of Memorial Day. It's a holiday that holds a special meaning to men and women who have lost a soldier during war.

"Before I even met Josh, I was one that was barbeque and beer with the family and a pool. You didn't really realize the amount of sacrifice that was made for each individual that's in America," said Brittany Lawrence.

Brittany's husband Captain Joshua Lawrence died 3 years ago in Afghanistan. Each memorial day she spends time reflecting on his memory and his sacrifice.

"They really do a lot of me and for everyone else standing here and I didn't really realize it and I think all of us have to take a step back and think about all the things they are doing for us," said Lawrence.

She carries a part of Josh with her daily in the form of a unique bracelet holding his name, rank, and the day he passed away.

"And this is my engagement ring and wedding band so I had it made as well so that I could always have a apart of him no matter where I go in life," said Lawrence.

Across the country, there will be a National Moment of Remembrance on Monday. It'll take place at 3 p.m. as a way to remember and honor those who have died in service. Memorial Day has been an official federal holiday for more than 40 years.

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