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Volunteers needed Saturday to read names, honor fallen veterans

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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

To remember the fallen veterans interred at the Biloxi National Cemetery, the Civil Air Patrol will conduct a name reading ceremony on Saturday, November 10 beginning at 6:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed throughout the day to read names aloud and anyone interested can sign up for 15 minute time slots.

The ceremony will begin at sunrise and is scheduled to end at sunset. Followed by a brief opening, the name of each veteran will be read out loud starting with Edgar Ambrose Ross who was buried on March 24, 1934. The reading will continue until each of the nearly 16,000 veterans has been remembered.

The closing ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The entire event is open to the public.

"We place wreaths at the cemetery each December as part of the Wreaths Across America Project to remember the fallen and to honor those that serve. We decided to add the name reading this year to remember each veteran individually," said 1st Lt Brad Haynes, Commander of the Civil Air Patrol Squadron at Keesler AFB.

"We hope members of the community will participate with us on Saturday.  It's a great way to personally show your appreciation for those that have given so much for us."

Volunteers interested in participating may contact the Civil Air Patrol by phone at (228) -236-1390, by email at namereading@waabiloxi.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/waa.biloxi.

The name reading is being conducted by the Col Berta A Edge Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol based at Keesler AFB in support of Wreaths Across America and in cooperation with the Biloxi National Cemetery.

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