Jackson County honors soldiers for service and sacrifice

By Patrice Clark- bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The sound of drums filled the air and American heroes filled the streets in Moss Point.  Wednesday, dozens of people celebrated those who have helped keep our nation safe.

Some citizens shouted praise as veterans passed by, while others saluted them, like little Ann Lee Stewart.  She dressed in camouflage to pay her respects.

"Because they are fighting for our freedom every day," Stewart said about soldiers around the world.

All this love and support touched the hearts of the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line.  Veterans admit it's a demanding job, and you have to be dedicated to serve.

"You don't get anything for free, so you have to fight and stand on the borderline for whatever," one Jackson County veteran said.

During an emotional ceremony, Jackson County also paid tribute to all its recent fallen soldiers.

"To every veteran, this nation owes a debt we cannot possibly repay and acknowledge," Jackson County Supervisor Manly Barton said to a crowd at the event.

Since 2005, South Mississippians Michael Green, Sean M. Cooley and Terrance Lee were all killed fighting the war on terror Iraq.  The loss of life hits close to home for 31 year veteran Robert Cunningham.  He too served on foreign soil and knows about the harsh realities of war.

"I lost a couple of friends when I was over there," Cunningham remembered. "Every time I say a prayer, I think about the soldiers in harm's way. They will never be forgotten."

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