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TIM WRIGHT of Gilmer is an unabashed patriot, and used Veterans Day to show it. He stood on a traffic island at the intersection of U.S. 271 S. and Hwy. 300 in Gilmer Monday, wearing a Special Forces T-shirt and camo and proudly displaying the Stars and Stripes. He displayed signs saying “Thank a vet. Support our troops. Pray for America.” Wright feels too many people “Have forgotten the great nation that we were.” Wright, who works as a painter and remodeler, said that he hopes his display will help others remember that “Freedom didn’t come free,” and that there are still American troops in harm’s way overseas. “That’s why I’m here,” he said. He served in the 1st Batallion, 1st Special Forces, in Okinawa, Japan, and with other units.