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Moss Point family remembers loved one killed in Iraq

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MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

Friday, Americans will come together as a nation to remember those who have fought for our freedoms.  At the Veterans Day parade and ceremony in Jackson County, folks will honor the memory of a Moss Point soldier, Terrance Lee, who was killed while serving in Iraq. His family is working to keep his memory alive.

Just like a proud grandmother, Aniece Lee has pictures her first grandson, Terrance, all over her Moss Point home.

"This is one of my favorites," Lee said pointing to one picture. "He was two-months-old and wearing 22 pounds."

Terrance Lee's family said he grew up in Moss Point with a desire to be a soldier. In 2003, he made the decision to sign up and fight for our country. 

"It is really hard, because you feel a part of you is gone," said his mother, Dinah Lee. 

During Lee's time in the Army National Guard, he flourished and received a lot of awards and medals for his service. Then in 2005, his family got the news every family dreads. Lee had been killed in Iraq after a landmine exploded near his vehicle. 

"Even after six years, I still find myself crying a lot when I am by myself," his mom said. 

His wife, Stephanie Lee, was pregnant at the time, and still feels the pain from this loss. 

"It is hard, it is lonely. You wonder how you are going to make day to day," Lee said. 

The family said their loved one died doing what he loved to do. Their focus now is to keep his memory alive for his three kids.

"Every holiday we try to do something, if is nothing more than blow a balloon up and let it go in the air," Aniece Lee said. 

"In Marchelle's room, she has a special area with all her dad's medals, and uniforms, and flyers from past events. So I keep that so he is a part of the family," Lee's wife said.  

The Lee family said a lot of folks don't understand the sacrifices that soldiers and their loved ones make every day. They hope this Veterans Day, everyone takes a moment to say "thank you" to our nation's heroes.

The Jackson County Veterans Day parade will start Friday at 10am, and roll through Moss Point's downtown district.  The ceremony will follow at 11am at Moss Point's Memorial Monument.

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