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Visitors flock to Lake Lanier for Memorial Day weekend
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Visitors flocked to Mary Alice Park on Lake Lanier on Sunday, May 24, 2020, to unofficially kick off summer during Memorial Day weekend. - photo by Ben Hendren

It was a Memorial Day for distant ceremonies in Georgia, even as officials worked to contain crowds at parks and beaches amid concerns about the further spread of the coronavirus.

In Forsyth County, visitors flocked to Mary Alice Park on Lake Lanier to unofficially kick off summer. 

The Georgia Army National Guard continued a recent string of honorary flyovers with two featuring UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, one in metro Atlanta and one in coastal and southwest Georgia. The formations hovered over sites with military significance as well as large hospitals that have been treating people with COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, including Northside Hospital Forsyth.

“We will pause for a few moments this day to recognize the sacrifice of our service members and our families,” Maj. Gen. Tom Carden said. "It is part of our culture to remember and to honor, and it is going to take more than a global pandemic to change that part of us.”

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Visitors flocked to Mary Alice Park on Lake Lanier on Sunday, May 24, 2020, to unofficially kick off summer during Memorial Day weekend. - photo by Ben Hendren
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Visitors flocked to Mary Alice Park on Lake Lanier on Sunday, May 24, 2020, to unofficially kick off summer during Memorial Day weekend. - photo by Ben Hendren
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Ozzy lozano, 23, from Alpharetta, and friends play volleyball at Mary Alice Park on Lake Lanier on Sunday, May 24, 2020. - photo by Ben Hendren

Other ceremonies shifted online. In Augusta, the Military Order of World Wars created a video to honor those who lost their lives in war instead of hosting a ceremony downtown.

“On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives, and it’s very, very important for the families, and for military personnel to remember those who did lose their lives, and protecting our country,” said David Titus of the Military Order of World Wars.

Other places including St. Simons Island, Dunwoody, Woodstock and the Andersonville National Historic Site in southwest Georgia also held online events.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose past 43,000 Monday, with the number of confirmed deaths reported at 1,848.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.


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