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Governor Bill Haslam honored the sacrifice of a Crossville soldier killed serving our country.

Major General Max Haston and State Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder joined the governor for the state's annual memorial service at War Memorial Plaza.

They recognized six fallen Tennessee service members, including Staff Sergeant Daniel Tyler Lee, was is known to his family as "Tall Dan."

The Crossville soldier died in January fighting in Afghanistan. His family says he loved to joke around with them, but he took his service to his country seriously.

"Danny liked discipline, and he loved fighting for the country. I think it was the driver that gave him something that he felt good about doing. And made him proud to be able to protect people. He would always say, 'Don't worry, we got your back,'" said Robert Lee, Staff Sgt. Lee's uncle.

Governor Haslam encouraged everyone in Tennessee to take the time to remember the sacrifices of our service men and women and their families.

He also declared Friday "Gold Star Family Day". He presented the proclamation to a Gold Star Mother from Middle Tennessee.

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