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Saying 'Thank You' to veterans

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

They wear their patches with pride, their pins with honor and their patriotism for the world to see.

"We never, should ever, forget our veterans and what prices they paid," said Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard, Major General William Freeman

To help honor those prices of freedom, Freeman says being mindful of those who've died help to see the importance of those still living.

"I just can't say enough about our men and women in our service. What a great job they do. Veterans Day is very special to a lot of people obviously and we just want to say thank you for your service to your country," said Freeman.

For veterans Willie Lindsey and William Primer, those two simple words can go a long way.

"It means something to a person when he hears the words thank you. I know I kind of feel a little different when I hear the words thank you," said Primer.

"If it hadn't been for those veterans where would we have been today," said Lindsey.

With more than a million men and women currently in uniform, many putting their lives on the line, three colors make everything worth it.

Part of Friday's ceremony gave special tribute to gold star mother Carolyn Hicks who's son, Army Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Dickerson of Durant died ten years ago during the September 11th attack on the Pentagon, before he ever got the chance to serve in war.

"I'm proud of him, what he stood for, what he believed in and the fact that he was willing to serve his country," said Hicks.

Although one of many mothers in her position, Hicks says it's never too late to show a little appreciation.

"It lets you know they appreciate what was done. I think most people that say thank you truly mean thank you," said Hicks.

Freeman says just uttering words is one thing, it's another to make them a part of your life.

"As we conclude our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan there will be a lot of veterans coming home and please go up to them and say thank you for your service," said Freeman.

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