Monday, May 28, Eyewitness News at 11

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While their stories might be separated by hundreds of years and thousands of miles they rest here together side by side, row by row because each of them loved this country and everything it stands for more than life itself.
THIS MEMORIAL DAY... PEOPLE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA AND AROUND THE UNITED STATES PAUSED TO HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY... AND PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE.
THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M FRANK MALLOY... THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
LEAH JOHNSON HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

PEOPLE GATHERED AT FORT HILL CEMETERY TO HONOR THOSE WHO SERVE AND THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIFE FOR THEIR COUNTRY..
NEARLY 200 U-S SOLDIERS ARE BURIED IN THAT CEMETERY.
TODAY'S SERVICE INCLUDED A SPEECH FROM JAMES PRESTON... WHOSE ANCESTOR WAS A COMMANDER AT FORT HAWKINS.
SOME OF THOSE WHO ATTENDED TODAY'S SERVICE ALSO VISITED THE FORT HAWKINS BLOCKHOUSE A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FORT'S HISTORY.
Keith Hood, Kathleen: " I think it's very imperative that we take time from our fun to come and remember those who paid the greatest sacrifice that you could pay for your nation."
FORT HAWKINS IS OPEN EVERY WEEKEND.

BOTH PRESIDENT OBAMA AND REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER MITT ROMNEY ATTENDED CEREMONIES CENTERING AROUND MEMORIAL DAY AND THOUSANDS OF OTHERS IN WASHINGTON D-C TURNED OUT FOR A NATIONAL PARADE.
TARA MERGENER RECAPS MEMORIAL DAY 2012..
NATS

Veterans and active members of the military marched through the streets of
Washington DC as part of the National Memorial Day Parade.

NATS applause

Spectators applauded the service members as a show of gratitude.

NATS music

The parade also featured musical performances and floats.

NATS

President Obama made his first stop this Memorial Day at Arlington National
Cemetary--- laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

NATS soldier giving command

SOT: (President Obama) "These 600 acres are home to Americans from every part
of the country who gave their lives in every corner of the globe."

NATS wreath laying

The President then commemerated the 50th anniversary of the start of the
Vietnam War at the memorial that honors the more than 58 thousand soldiers who
lost their lives.

SOT: (President Obama) "The honorable service of the many should have been
praised. Came home and sometimes were denigrated when you should have been
celebrated."

Standup: (Tara Mergener/Washington DC) "The President also said Americans are
no longer dying in Iraq...and that the war in Afghanistan is winding down. He
promised service members they will get the benefits they need when they come
home."

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made an appearance with Senator
John McCain at a Memorial Day service in San Diego.

SOT: (Mitt Romney/R-Presidential Candidate) "If a person's greatness is
measured by their willingness to sacrifice their self for a greater purpose, a
nation's greatness is also measured in the same way."

Romney also contrasted himself with President Obama.....focusing on the need
for America to have the world's strongest military.
ACCORDING TO A NEW GALLUP POLL... 58 PERCENT OF AMERICAN VETERANS SAID THEY SUPPORTED ROMNEY... AND 34 PERCENT SAID THEY SUPPORTED PRESIDENT OBAMA.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... DO YOU PLAN TO DO SOMETHING TO HONOR FALLEN TROOPS THIS MEMORIAL DAY?
SO FAR 57 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO...
AND 43 PERCENT SAY YES.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

MEMORIAL DAY IS ALSO A TIME TO REFLECT ON THE SACRIFICES MADE BY THOSE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE THEIR ALL IN BATTLE AND ARE NOW RETURNING HOME.
JOE CARTER TAKES A LOOK AT HOW TO HELP THEM FEEL MORE AT EASE.
FOR SOME MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY, COMING BACK FROM A WAR CAN TAKE ITS TOLL. MEMORIES ARE FRESH AND IT'S TOUGH ASSIMILATING BACK INTO SOCIETY.
"He's struggling with very difficult questions about himself, about his country, about war..."
BUT DOCTORS WHO DEAL WITH RETURNING SERVICE PEOPLE SAY THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO TO HELP THE VET GET BACK INTO EVERY DAY LIFE.
FIRST OFF, NEVER ASSUME YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN HAVE GONE THROUGH.
"Sages have been trying to understand war for thousands of years, so to say we understand what it was like? No, of course not."
THESE MEN AND WOMEN VOLUNTEERED TO DO A JOB. THERAPISTS WARN, DON'T PILE ON THE FLATTERY. IT COULD PUT A DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND THE VET.
AND KNOW THAT SOME SOLDIERS COME HOME EMBITTERED BY THEIR EXPERIENCES.
"They may not know yet, how they feel, about their country, about the war, they are still figuring it out. Don't assume."
AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND EVEN IF THE VET DOESN'T HAVE MUCH TO SAY.
"Many men and women don't want to talk and this notion that some how you are gong to make them talk is also disrespectful. They'll talk when they are ready to talk and that may not be for decades."
EXPERTS SAY REACTIONS VARY FROM PERSON TO PERSON.
MANY TIMES VETS CAN WORK ISSUES OUT FOR THEMSELVES AND GET BACK TO THE LIVES THEY LEFT BEHIND.
IT JUST TAKES TIME.

TONIGHT... MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED RAIN SHOWERS AND LOWS NEAR 70. RAIN MOST LIKELY IN SOUTHEASTERN COUNTIES.
TUESDAY... MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED RAIN AND STORMS AND HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. EXPECT HEAVIEST RAIN IN SOUTHEASTERN COUNTIES.
TUESDAY NIGHT... ISOLATED SHOWERS POSSIBLE IN THE EVENING WITH GRADUALLY CLEARING SKIES. LOWS IN THE MID-TO-UPPER 60S.

A FEW TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR PEOPLE TRAVELING TO ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE GO INTO EFFECT TOMORROW..
THAT'S ACCORDING TO CHRISSY MINER - CHIEF MEDIA OFFICER FOR THE BASE..
MINER SAYS THE COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC GATE WILL CLOSE TO ALL OUTBOUND TRAFFIC..
INBOUND TRAFFIC WILL ALSO CHANGE AS THE COMMERCIAL SEARCH AREA MOVES FURTHER SOUTH ALONG PAGE ROAD.
GATE FIVE... THE MARTIN LUTHER KING STREET GATE... WILL REOPEN FROM AROUND FIVE A-M UNTIL 8 P-M MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY... AND 8 A-M THROUGH 6 P-M...
SATURDAY.
MINER SAYS THE CHANGES ARE FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY REASONS..
INBOUND LANE OPERATING HOURS FOR BOTH GATES WILL NOT CHANGE..

LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER QUALIFYING AS A FIRST-TIME CANDIDATE...
ERICA EATON PULLED OUT OF THE RACE FOR THE BIBB COUNTY DISTRICT 3 SCHOOL BOARD RACE.
IN A NEWS RELEASE, EATON SAID DUE TO RECENT INFORMATION THAT WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION, I NOW REALIZE MY BID FOR THIS SEAT PRESENTS A POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST FOR ME.
13WMAZ SPOKE WITH EATON BY PHONE...
SHE DID NOT TELL US WHAT THE CONFLICT INVOLVED..
SHE DID SAY SHE WILL CONTINUE TO BE ACTIVE IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AS A PARENT AND A COMMUNITY MEMBER.

A YOUNG GEORGIA WOMAN BATTLING A FLESH-EATING DISEASE SPOKE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE BEING HOSPITALIZED.
AIMEE COPELAND'S FATHER, ANDY, POSTED ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE THAT HIS DAUGHTER SAID A FEW RODS SUNDAY..
DOCTORS AMPUTATED AIMEE'S LEFT LEG... RIGHT FOOT... AND BOTH HANDS.
SHE STARTED BREATHING ON HER OWN LAST WEEK.
SHE CONTRACTED THE BACTERIA WHEN SHE FELL OFF A HOMEMADE ZIP LINE ON A WEST GEORGIA RIVER.

AND A MILLEDGEVILLE MAN CONTINUES HIS FIGHT AGAINST FLESH-EATING BACTERIA..
PAUL BALES REMAINS AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA WEEKS AFTER HE CUT HIS LEG ON A BOAT RAMP AT LAKE SINCLAIR.
BALES' SON SAYS HIS DAD HAD SURGEY LAST WEEK TO REMOVE PART OF HIS LEFT LEG..
MIKE BALES SAYS HIS FATHER MAY UNDERGO ADDITIONAL SURGERY BY THE END OF THIS WEEK.

A WOMAN DIED THIS MORNING AFTER SOMEONE SHOT HER.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMIE GAUDET SAID OFFICERS RESPONDED TO SHOTS FIRED ON COLUMBUS ROAD AROUND FIVE-THIRTY THIS MORNING.
THEY FOUND THIRTY ONE YEAR OLD NETTRA BROOKS WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO HER UNDERARM.
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES PRONOUNCED HER DEAD AT 6 O'CLOCK.

INVESTIGATORS WITH THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY A CAR CROSSED SOME RAILROAD TRACKS IN FRONT OF A TRAIN SUNDAY..
THE WRECK AT THE INTERSECTION OF IGNICIO DRIVE AND HIGHWAY 247 KILLED A MOTHER AND HER INFANT DAUGHTER AND CRITICALLY INJURED THE DRIVER.
THE INTERSECTION DOES NOT HAVE CAUTION ARMS OR A STOP SIGN TO SLOW DOWN DRIVERS BUT DOES HAVE CAUTION LIGHTS.
TODAY WE COUNTED THIRTY SECONDS FROM WHEN THE CAUTION LIGHTS CAME ON UNTIL THE TRAIN CROSSED IGNICO DRIVE.
FAMILY FRIEND VERNITA CHAPPELL SAYS THAT'S NOT LONG ENOUGH..
Vernita Chappell, Warner Robins: "I actually think that they didn't see that train and there was no warning sign to let them know that the train was that near."
THIRTY-ONE YEAR OLD DONNELL REID AND HER ONE MONTH OLD BABY DIED IN THE CRASH.
THE DRIVER - WILLIE FRANK LYONS JUNIOR UNDERWENT SURGERY AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.

FORMER TROPICAL STORM BERYL HAS LOST SOME OF ITS BITE...THE STORM, WHICH HAS LASHED THE FLORIDA AND GEORGIA COAST, HAS NOW BEEN DOWNGRADED TO A DEPRESSION.
ad-lib over video of Tybee Island this morning.

A MACON COMMUNITY CENTER WILL HOST A FORUM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE THIS WEEK.
ORGANIZERS SAY IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH THEM ABOUT THE VALUE OF RESPECT AND ALSO SEND A MESSAGE THAT COULD HELP THEM BECOME SUCCESSFUL ADULTS.
FREEDOM PARK COMMUNITY CENTER SUPERVISOR CLARENCE THOMAS, JR. SAYS THE MAIN TOPIC WILL CENTER AROUND THE VALUE OF RESPECT.
HE SAYS A LOT OF THE ISSUES AND CHALLENGES YOUNG PEOPLE FACE REVOLVE AROUND A LACK OF RESPECT FOR THEMSELVES.
"What we want to do here at the Let's Talk About it event is create a forum of discussion for them to come and vent and to engage with each other and adults in an environment that is safe and in an environment that is peaceful."
THE "LET'S TALK ABOUT IT" FORUM IS SET FOR THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 30TH AT MACON'S FREEDOM PARK COMMUNITY CENTER FROM 4 TO 6PM.
THE EVENT IS FOR ANYONE FROM 14 TO 21 AND WILL ALSO FEATURE A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT ALONG WITH FREE FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER CALL 751-9248.
AGAIN... THAT'S 751-9248

IT WAS A FOUR-DAY WEEKEND AT THE BOX OFFICE... AND THAT WAS ALL THE TIME IT TOOK FOR THE REIGNING CHAMP... TO BE DETRHONED BY A NEWCOMER.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE COUNTDOWN.
STARTING US OFF IN THE NUMBER THREE SPOT IS "BATTLESHIP"
THE ACTION-ADVENTURE BASED ON THE CLASSIC BOARD GAME ADDED AN ESTIMATED 13-POINT-8 MILLION DOLLARS TO ITS COFFERS OVER THE HOLIDAY.
IT'S BROUGHT IN AN ESTIMATED 47-POINT-3 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE TWO WEEKS SINCE ITS RELEASE.
DROPPING TO SECOND PLACE... THE FILM THAT HAS DOMINATED THE BOX OFFICE FOR MOST OF THE MONTH.
"THE AVENGERS" SLIPPED FROM THE TOP SPOT... BUT STILL ADDED AN ESTIMATED 46-POINT-9 MILLION DOLLARS TO ITS HAUL.
THAT BRINGS ITS GROSS TO 523-POINT-6 MILLION... SINCE ITS MAY 4TH RELEASE.
AND TAKING THE TOP SPOT THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND... "MEN IN BLACK THREE"
THE ALIEN-FIGHTING FILM STARRING WILL SMITH... TOMMY LEE JONES AND JOSH BROLIN RAKED IN AN ESTIMATED 70 MILLION DOLLARS ON ITS OPENING WEEKEND.
NOW... USUALLY MONDAY NIGHTS AT 11... WE HAVE THE FINAL NUMBERS TO REPORT.
BUT TONIGHT WE ONLY HAVE THE ESTIMATES... BECAUSE TODAY WAS TECHNICALLY STILL PART OF THE WEEKEND.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... FIRST MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 5 A-M.
THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
ON LETTERMAN TONIGHT - CHRIS HEMSWORTH FROM THE AVENGERS..
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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