Georgia Honors its Heroes

Pro-military families hold a prayer vigil in Atlanta tonight.

Robert Stokely, center, father of 48th Brigade Spc. Michael Stokely, 23, covers his heart with his hand as the national anthem is sung during a prayer vigil and moment of silence to honor Georgia soldiers at the Capitol in Atlanta, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005. (AP)

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and hundreds of fellow Georgians took time out to honor their heroes tonight:

Georgia mourned its fallen troops and paid homage to those still serving Thursday during a prayer service and moment of silence.

Flags atop public buildings flew at half staff, and a Capitol service was webcast so members of the Georgia National Guard’s 48th Brigade in Iraq could watch.

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced plans for the memorial two weeks ago when the 48th Brigade suffered 11 casualties in 11 days. Four more members have died since then. A vehicle accident killed another brigade member in June.


Robert Stokely, right, father of National Guard Spc. Michael Stokely, 23, reacts during a prayer vigil and moment of silence to honor Georgia soldiers at the Capitol in Atlanta, as his wife Retta Stokely clutches a photo of the younger Stokely, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005. (AP)

The service drew hundreds of servicemen and women to the Capitol, along with veterans long retired from active duty.

“I’m here to support the troops, some of whom could be my grandkids. I think it’s an appropriate thing to do, to show support,” said Tom Salter, 63, who was a bomb disposal officer in Vietnam.

With his son in Iraq, Robert Stokely had planned to attend the Capitol service. On Thursday, however, 23-year-old Sgt. Michael Stokely was among those being mourned.

While liberals continue assault on the military today.

War protester James Hockenbarger, with a group from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., walks on a U.S. flag as the group sings in protest against the war outside the Capitol in Atlanta. (AP)

What is this Kansas liberal-democrat doing in Atlanta protesting?
And, why is this Christian man protesting a prayer service?

Previous Posts in the “Hero Series”:
Ohio Honors Their Heroes
Texas Honors A Hero

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