People across Georgia are honoring the state's servicemen and -women, including those who've made the ultimate sacrifice. State leaders, clergy and military families met on the steps of the Capitol for a statewide moment of silence to honor Georgia's fallen National Guard members.
It's a very emotional time for members of the 48th Brigade and their families. The brigade has lost 17 soldiers since it deployed. They want to make sure none of their sacrifices are forgotten.
Stacy Mincey, Tammy Schroeder and Rena Bradham watched as Gov. Sonny Perdue led a moment of silence. It was a touching tribute that strikes the hearts of all three women.
Stacy Mincey's husband Allen is a specialist with the 48th Brigade. "It's tough," she told us. "It's tough watching your brothers and sisters go through the things they're going through. They've taken a year out of their lives to do this. The support of the people means a lot."
Tammy Schroeder was deeply moved by the sentiments and prayers that were offered, knowing her own prayers were answered when her husband, in the 48th Brigade, and son, a United States Marine, both deployed, were reunited in Kuwait.
"It was an answer to prayer," she said. "I really believe it was God telling me He had everything under control and they're going to come home safe."
It is the prayer of every spouse--and spouses to be. Rena Bradham and her fiance will marry once he comes home, but she knows she is already part of a larger family.
"They have their prayers and blessings behind our troops and each and every one of us," she said. "It's a very emotional and warm feeling that we are all together as a family."
The governor has ordered flags to be flown at half staff today in memory and honor of the troops.