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Fort Hawkins remembers fallen heroes

Around 50 people gathered to honor fallen veterans buried at Fort Hill Cemetery this afternoon.

That's on Short Street in East Macon.

The cemetery was Fort Hawkins' burial ground from 1806 to 1828.

Up to 200 veterans from the War of 1812 and the Second War of Independence could be buried there, says Fort Hawkins Commission projects coordinator Marty Willett.

Willett says because so many of these soldiers have been forgotten, for him, Memorial Day is a special way to remember them.

"We've been considered the forgotten fort on the forgotten frontier in the forgotten war," Willett said. "Here we are at a forgotten cemetery. Today, we are remembering the forgotten warriors from the War of 1812 that helped secure our freedom."

Vietnam War veteran Freddie Dumas tells 13WMAZ many of his friends didn't make it back from the war.

"On this Memorial Day, I had a passion to come and try and represent the veterans that didn't make it back," Dumas said.

By his feet lay those who fought in wars before him.

"It just makes you feel so overwhelmingly good and blessed. It just makes you feel like a true American, and I'm just proud to be an American," Dumas said.

To Air Force veteran Jack Caldwell, Memorial Day is "for all veterans, for all wars."

He still remembers his friends who died fighting in the Korean War.

"I think we ought to just pause and just reflect on those who came before us and who paid the supreme sacrifice," Caldwell said. "I didn't do that, but I was in the military, I am a veteran and from that standpoint, I think it's important to stop and reflect."

Following the service, those who attended could tour parts of Fort Hawkins.

It was built in the early 1800s under President Thomas Jefferson.

Follow 13WMAZ's Anita Oh on Twitter @anita_oh and on Facebook at Anita Oh WMAZ.


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