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Fort Gordon remembers fallen soldiers in Memorial Day service

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FORT GORDON, GA (WFXG) -

For 12 years Denise Glasford's sister fought in the Army, but died last year on Memorial Day.

"Thinking about her and wishing she was still here with us," Glasford said. "It's been a tough year for the family."

Glasford started caring for her sister's children, who say not a day goes by without thinking about their mother.

"I miss how she would always tuck me in bed," said Jasmine McCoy, Glasford's 10-year-old niece.

Glasford and her niece and nephew are three of dozens of family members paying tribute to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Here at Fort Gordon's Warrior Remembrance Memorial Day Ceremony, they're honoring those killed, and remembering those they left behind. Soldiers say the national holiday is much more than a day off from work to barbeque and celebrate.

"It's a time to remember, be thankful for what you've got: your freedoms," said Specialist Nickolis Hadley.

The flags planted by a memorial stone in Freedom Park at Fort Gordon represent fallen soldiers. The loved ones remembering them, they have a support group here on post.

"We want the survivors to feel like they are a part of the Army family," said Suzanne Crosby, coordinator of the Survivor Outreach Services.

The Survivor Outreach Services at Fort Gordon provides mental and financial counseling for families of fallen soldiers.

"They have sacrificed like no other families have," Crosby said. "We want to remember them, and we want to provide one-on-one family support groups like that to be there for them as they go through their journey of grief."

And like several families in the CSRA, Glasford and her niece and nephew will always have a community to lean on as they mourn the loss of a fallen hero.

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