Hundreds honor fallen veterans with Christmas wreaths - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Hundreds honor fallen veterans with Christmas wreaths

Posted: Updated:
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

In a matter of minutes, over 1,100 Christmas wreaths were distributed throughout the Biloxi National Cemetery, honoring those who died while serving their country.

For Sydney Rabun of Biloxi High School's Junior ROTC program, participating in today's ceremony was only part of the honor. She was humbled to meet some of the veterans who came out to participate.

"Meeting them, it's an honor and so is getting to thank them every time they walk by in the store or something," said Rabun.

"Getting to meet them, getting to thank them is an honor."

Quite the crowd braved this morning's cold snap for that very same reason. Some had family buried there. Others just wanted to thank the veterans who are still with us.

Penny Tate of Ocean Springs held her father's picture tight at this morning's ceremony and remembered the sacrifices he made during World War II.

"The community has really supported it as you can see today with the turnout," said Tate.

"We had I don't know how many people exactly, but it had to be a couple hundred people here today to help us with it."

Though her father was buried in Ohio back in 1999, Tate still felt his presence as she joined her fellow Americans in recognizing others just like him buried right here in South Mississippi.

"He always considered himself a Navy man, always. That was his identity. They deserve all the recognition they can get, and I think this wreath laying ceremony on this day is so important so that people remember these men who gave up so much for their country."

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
  • Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
    (WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
    A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
  • Fight leads to gunshots and mayhem in Stone County

    Fight leads to gunshots and mayhem in Stone County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:53:06 GMT
    Stone County Deputy Chief Phyllis Olds described a Saturday night fight this way, "It's by the grace of God that nobody was killed." That fight reportedly started at an outdoor block party.More >>
    Stone County Deputy Chief Phyllis Olds described a Saturday night fight this way, "It's by the grace of God that nobody was killed." That fight reportedly started at an outdoor block party. Deputies said it escalated into a gun battle near the Cadillac Club on Thelma Andrews Road.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.