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Posted: 8/17/2005 7:12:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 8:11:36 AM EDT by thompsondd]
We sure would be honored if you guys and gals would help us remember some of our local fallen heros tomorrow at 1pm EST. The 48th from GA has gotten hit pretty hard this month.

To learn more about the 48th, 48thbrigade.blogspot.com/


Moment of Silence
(WSB Radio) -- A statewide moment of silence will be observed this afternoon for the Georgia soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and those still service.

WSB's Sandra Parrish reports the moment of silence will be held at one o'clock. It will come in the middle of a prayer ceremony at the State Capitol which will include various clergy, Army officials and Governor Perdue who has ordered flags today at state buildings and grounds be flown at half staff until sunset.

The Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade has lost 16 soldiers since arriving in Iraq in early June.



I think the number is now up to 20 or so.

www.11alive.com/news/usnews_article.aspx?storyid=67937


Ga. Soldiers to be Mourned Thurs.

By DICK PETTYS
Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA (AP) -- Flags on public buildings will be lowered to half staff and clergymen from different faiths will lead a Capitol memorial service Thursday as Georgia pays tribute to its service members who have died in Iraq. Four more have been killed since Gov. Sonny Perdue first announced plans for the memorial.

Perdue tearfully called for the vigil and moment of silence two weeks ago after the Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade suffered losses for the third time in 10 days. Four more have died since then, bringing the unit's losses to 16 since it deployed to Iraq in June.

At 1 p.m., the hour set for the moment of silence, the fallen will be remembered during a prayer service in the statehouse. At roughly the same time, members of the 48th will participate in the observance in Iraq.

Georgia Public Broadcasting will provide live television feeds of the ceremony to stations across the state.

Perdue previously has called on Georgians to pause at 1 p.m. to pay homage to the fallen. On Wednesday he signed an executive order directing flags to be flown at half staff on all state buildings and grounds to honor not only the fallen but those who continue to serve in the Middle East.

Among the 48th's latest casualties were three members of a Douglasville-based detachment killed Monday when their vehicle overturned during combat operations in south Baghdad.

The Pentagon identified them as Sgt. Thomas Strickland, 27, of Douglasville; Spc. Joshua Dingler, 19, of Hiram and 21-year-old Sgt. Paul Saylor of Norcross.

A fourth serviceman, Spc. Michael Stokely, 23, of Loganville, was killed early Tuesday morning after he stepped on an improvised explosive device, said his wife, Niki.

In an emotional news conference on Aug. 4, Perdue called for the state to pay tribute to the fallen servicemen.

"These most recent deaths fall especially close to home because they are members of our citizen-soldier brigade. They live next door. They're our neighbors. They're part of the community," he said, his voice choked with emotion and his eyes brimming with tears.

The prayer service is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., and will include prayers by Protestant, Catholic and Jewish clergymen. A lone bagpiper will send the notes of "Amazing Grace" skirling through the building.

Capitol police said they expect that an extremist religious group from Topeka, Kan., which has picketed similar memorial services for soldiers, will demonstrate on the Capitol sidewalks.

"We're going to make sure nobody gets hurt and everybody gets a chance to express their freedom of speech," said State Patrol Capt. Al Wilson, director of the Capitol police department.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



Link Posted: 8/18/2005 7:24:59 AM EDT
An hour and half left to go.

Link Posted: 8/18/2005 7:56:58 AM EDT
I will be proud to honor our fallen heroes at 1:00pm, may God rest thier souls.

Link Posted: 8/18/2005 7:59:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 8:00:18 AM EDT by Admiral_Crunch]
One of those killed in the last couple of days was from my hometown.

Link Posted: 8/18/2005 8:08:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 8:08:40 AM EDT by sae057]
I would be proud too.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 8:10:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 8:15:29 AM EDT by thompsondd]
Thank you all..........


I have a very good friend who is serving as a chaplain with the 48th. He is having a very rough time right now.


Your support means a lot to these citizen soldiers.

www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=67963


Georgians Mark Moment of Silence

Web Editor: Sean Rowe
Reported By: Paul Crawley
Last Modified: 8/18/2005 10:17:08 AM

A candlelight vigil in Midtown for the soldiers killed while serving in Iraq

Adhering to Governor Sonny Perdue’s teary-eyed request, Georgians will observe a moment of silence Thursday in remembrance of the U.S. soldiers who’ve given their lives while serving in Iraq.

The silent vigil will directly follow a half-hour prayer service being held at 12:30 p.m. inside of the State Capitol in downtown Atlanta. Gov. Perdue is expected to be joined by local ministers of varying faiths and the grieving families who have lost their husbands, wives, sons and, daughters

With flags on public buildings lowered to half staff in observance, the moment of silence will begin at 1 p.m. with members of the Georgia National Guard 48th Brigade participating in the silent observance.

Sixteen soldiers in the 48th Brigade have died while serving in Iraq, with four of those deaths occurring since a tearful Gov. Perdue called for the moment of silent observance almost two weeks ago.

The last few weeks proved especially deadly for Georgia soldiers with 16 National Guardsmen killed. Three of those came from Douglas County and, in total, brought the number of American GIs slain in Iraq to about 1,860 since the United States went to Iraq in March 2003.

Thursday’s observations come a day after friends and families who’ve lost men and women serving in the U.S. military gathered together, standing side by side, to lift up candlelight at dusk throughout Metro Atlanta.

In Decatur, one of many silent vigils organized by the liberal political action group MoveOn.org, dozens of Atlantans marked their solidarity against the hundreds of American lives already lost to the increasingly bloody war in Iraq. The effort was designed to show support for Cindy Sheehan, or “Peace Mom,” as she’s become known.

Sheehan, whose son was killed while serving in the U.S. military in Iraq, has maintained a constant vigil outside President Bush’s Texas ranch until he agrees to speak with her about the war in Iraq. Bush has steadfastly refused to grant her an audience, instead sending his aides to speak to her.

Back in Atlanta, Patricia Roberts, of Decatur, Ga., spoke out about her opposition to the war after losing her son, Jamaal Addison, shortly after the war began.

“Enough of them have gone to Heaven and now it’s time to come home,” said Roberts, whose son was killed about two-and-a-half years ago. She says she plans to join Sheehan’s Texas protest within a few days.

Jan Johnson, of Rome, Ga., also lost her son to Iraq and has something directly in common with Cindy Sheehan –her son, Justin, and Addison served in the same military unit. They were best friends who died a week apart.

However, unlike Sheehan, Johnson says she’s always supported America’s military efforts in Iraq and thinks pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq now would mean their sons died in vain.

“There’s a bunch of us who believe that we do need to stay the course,” Johnson said. “We do need to stay over there and make our kids’ deaths count for something.”

Meanwhile, Johnson holds out hope for her husband, who will soon be going to Iraq with Georgia’s National Guard Unit. Their only other son is also serving in the U.S. Army.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Link Posted: 8/18/2005 8:23:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 9:17:51 AM EDT
Spc. Joshua Dingler lived in my subdivision.

My wife and I found out he was KIA yesterday afternoon.

R.I.P. Fallen Heroes
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 9:29:47 AM EDT
Thank you again to all.....................



Georgians Silent for War Heroes
Web Editor: Tracey Christensen
Web Editor: Sean Rowe
Last Modified: 8/18/2005 1:26:20 PM

Hundreds of citizens and soldiers who gathered in the rotunda of the Georgia Capitol Thursday were joined in a moment of silence by school children, civilians, and public servants across the state.

Moments before the 1 p.m. service, Gov. Sonny Perdue called the prayer vigil to order before a crowd of military veterans, active duty soldiers, and grieving family members.

"Today all Georgians come together as one family, one people, one state. We come to lay aside the clutter of our day-to-day activities, those things that bother us. We lay aside our personal concerns and bow out heads, our hearts united to pray for the repose of those we have lost," he said.

The silent vigil was followed by a prayer service led by rabbis and local ministers of varying faiths as bag pipes played out "Amazing Grace." Among those in the rotunda of the Capitol are the grieving families who have lost their husbands, wives, sons and, daughters during the war in Iraq.

"We pray for our fallen heroes, our protectors and defenders, the men and women of Georgia who have made that ultimate sacrifice for the cause of duty, honor and country. We gather to remember and to honor them, to give thanks for their service and for their lives and to comfort, uphold, and support their families who have lost so much," said Perdue.

Perdue also asked that prayers go out for the troops still serving in Iraq. "We pray for their safe and sure and soon return home. Above all, we pray for peace."

Flags on public buildings were lowered to half staff in observance in Georgia's day of remembrance for those who lost their lives in Iraq.

Members of the Georgia National Guard 48th Brigade, which recently lost 16 soldiers, participated in the silent observance. Three members of the 48th brigades Douglasville unit were killed just Monday in a Humvee accident. A fourth died Tuesday when he stepped on an explosive south of Baghdad.

Thursday’s observations come a day after friends and families who’ve lost men and women serving in the U.S. military gathered together, standing side by side, to lift up candlelight at dusk throughout Metro Atlanta.

In Decatur, one of many silent vigils organized by the liberal political action group MoveOn.org, dozens of Atlantans marked their solidarity against the hundreds of American lives already lost to the increasingly bloody war in Iraq. The effort was designed to show support for Cindy Sheehan, or “Peace Mom,” as she’s become known.

Sheehan, whose son was killed while serving in the U.S. military in Iraq, has maintained a constant vigil outside President Bush’s Texas ranch until he agrees to speak with her about the war in Iraq. Bush has steadfastly refused to grant her an audience, instead sending his aides to speak to her.

Back in Atlanta, Patricia Roberts, of Decatur, Ga., spoke out about her opposition to the war after losing her son, Jamaal Addison, shortly after the war began.

“Enough of them have gone to Heaven and now it’s time to come home,” said Roberts, whose son was killed about two-and-a-half years ago. She says she plans to join Sheehan’s Texas protest within a few days.

Jan Johnson, of Rome, Ga., also lost her son to Iraq and has something directly in common with Cindy Sheehan –her son, Justin, and Addison served in the same military unit. They were best friends who died a week apart.

However, unlike Sheehan, Johnson says she’s always supported America’s military efforts in Iraq and thinks pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq now would mean their sons died in vain.

“There’s a bunch of us who believe that we do need to stay the course,” Johnson said. “We do need to stay over there and make our kids’ deaths count for something.”

Meanwhile, Johnson holds out hope for her husband, who will soon be going to Iraq with Georgia’s National Guard Unit. Their only other son is also serving in the U.S. Army.



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