An observer holds an American flag during a Veterans Day ceremony at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. Photo by: Phil Mosier

Communities around the metro area pushed the pause button on their busy lives Monday so they could reflect on the service and sacrifices of our veterans.

Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Brookhaven all held ceremonies throughout the weekend marking Veterans Day.

Sandy Springs held its annual celebration on Monday at the green space at the Concourse Corporate Center.

The keynote speaker, Brig. Gen. John King, Georgia National Guard, said that no holiday could properly express the gratitude veterans deserve.

“We don’t mark this day as a celebration of victory, but as a celebration of people who make victory possible,” King said.

St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Brookhaven held its ceremony on Nov. 8.

The school said that U.S. Army officer Lt. Col. Chris Auclair, who recently returned from Afghanistan, gave the keynote address.

“All veterans have done something special. We have all been scared and gotten through something we didn’t think we could,” Auclair said, according to a press release from the school. “And fighting is not what we want to do. We want to help others.”

The Atlanta History Center in Buckhead held a ceremony marking the event and the city of Dunwoody held a ceremony in Brook Run Park.

Here are other photos from Veterans Day events in our Reporter Newspapers communities.

Brig. Gen. John King, Georgia National Guard, speaks with the North Springs Charter High School JROTC Honor Guard during a Nov. 11 Veterans Day ceremony in Sandy Springs. Photo by Phil Mosier
Lt. Col. Chris Auclair addressing the audience and posing with some St. Martin’s students. (Special to Reporter Newspapers.)

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