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Happy Memorial Day! It's a day to honor the men and women who've made great sacrifice so that we might live in freedom. It's a time of commemoration and appreciation but unfortunately, for a small city in Georgia it turned into controversy when the mayor recognized their war dead with crosses. Hiram Mayor Teresa Philyaw, set up 79 crosses  on public property to recognize the 79 residents who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country. She told Fox News she intended "to make sure that the [soldiers] weren’t forgotten. At the time, it never, ever crossed my mind about the religious factor in it." Even though Mayor Philyaw took down the display it cannot erase her goodwill gesture and the message of sacrifice and love represented by the cross still stands.

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