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Rome Legionnaires remind the living of their debt to the dead in Memorial Day ceremony

Diane WagnerMay 28, 2019

“It’s never over.”

That was the sentiment emphasized by retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant William Roan, keynote speaker Monday at the Grady Mabry American Legion Post 506 Memorial Day ceremony.

Mabry, the first African American from Rome to be killed in World War II, lives on as the namesake of his local post. But Roan said the dead keep coming – and their families live with the pain.

“From the American Revolution to the Global War on Terror, over a million service men and women ... have made the supreme sacrifice,” he said.

They did it to defend the nation, he said, for our American way of life, for the comrades standing beside them, and for their children.

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