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Hundreds attend Memorial Day observance at Biloxi National Cemetery

Several military members honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. (Photo source: WLOX News) Several military members honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. (Photo source: WLOX News)
About 200 people attended a Memorial Day service at the Biloxi National Cemetery. (Photo source: WLOX News) About 200 people attended a Memorial Day service at the Biloxi National Cemetery. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Family and community members attended the annual Memorial Day service at the Biloxi National Cemetery. (Photo source: WLOX News) Family and community members attended the annual Memorial Day service at the Biloxi National Cemetery. (Photo source: WLOX News)
(Photo source: WLOX News) (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

About 200 people attended the annual Memorial Day observance at Biloxi National Cemetery on Monday morning.

Threatening skies and scattered rain could not dampen the dedication of those who came to remember and say "thank you".

They gathered in the sacred space to honor and remember those who answered their country's call.

“This is the day to thank every American generation who has served. To salute them for the enduring gifts they gave to all of us gathered here today,” said cemetery director, Graham Wright.

“We see our history in their ranks. From those minute men in their homespun clothing, to the dedicated service members who wear our nation's uniform in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Wright.

Commander of the Seabee base, Capt. Paul Odenthal, was the keynote speaker, saying it's our duty to make sure society understands the sacrifice.

“We know there is sorrow and loss here. But we also know there's sacrifice and valor. And we know that there's a greater good. And that the lives that have been saved here and the freedom gained has been tenfold,” the commander told the crowd.

Various veterans groups placed poppies on the wreaths of remembrance, pausing to reflect and remember the sacrifice of those who laid the foundation for our freedom.

Many families attended the ceremony or found the names of loved ones amid the stones, including Jason Santos and his family.

“Their father and their grandfather and all of our family has served. So we're just coming out to remember them,” he said, “We're just thankful to everyone that gave their lives.”

“And we know that every stone has a name on it. And that with every name, there's a story. And there's a family that has wet the stone with their tears,” said Capt. Odenthal.

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