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Ceremony in Gulfport honors those who died for our country

As part of the program, citations were read honoring two medal of honor recipients who lost their lives fighting for America. (Photo Source: WLOX) As part of the program, citations were read honoring two medal of honor recipients who lost their lives fighting for America. (Photo Source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

About 150 people attended the first memorial day service held at the Barksdale pavilion in Jones park in Gulfport this morning. Included in those numbers were veterans, civilians, active duty military personnel, as well as members of the patriot guard riders. 

As part of the program, citations were read honoring two medal of honor recipients who lost their lives fighting for America. A rousing speech was given by a retired fighter pilot, highlighting the fact that freedom isn't free. 

Bag pipes were played, and a 21 gun salute was conducted to honor the men and women who have paid the ultimate price defending the country.The ceremony was sponsored by VFW post 2539, with assistance from the city of Gulfport. 

A proclamation honoring America's war dead was read by Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes. Doug Walker was at the ceremony and will have complete details on the story tonight on WLOX News and on WLOX.com.

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