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Jackson County honors sacrifices of veterans & their families

On Veterans Day, a ceremony in Jackson County not only paid tribute to those who died or went missing on the battlefield, but it also remembered the brokenhearted families left behind to grieve. (Photo source: WLOX) On Veterans Day, a ceremony in Jackson County not only paid tribute to those who died or went missing on the battlefield, but it also remembered the brokenhearted families left behind to grieve. (Photo source: WLOX)
The message of Jackson County's Veterans Day program was that freedom isn't free, but takes a determination that be passed from one generation to another. (Photo source: WLOX) The message of Jackson County's Veterans Day program was that freedom isn't free, but takes a determination that be passed from one generation to another. (Photo source: WLOX)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

On Veterans Day, a ceremony in Jackson County not only paid tribute to those who died or went missing on the battlefield, but it also remembered the brokenhearted families left behind to grieve. 

Before Terrance Lee deployed to Iraq with the Mississippi National Guard, his grandmother said she and the 25-year-old had a discussion about the dangers. He told her he was willing to lose his life for his country. Ten years his death June 11,2005, Aniece Lee said it's good for his sons to see people still honoring his memory.

"It does a lot for the family," said Lee. "We all always do things coming up to his anniversary that will keep his memory alive with the kids. Like his anniversary day, June the 11th, and then Veterans Day." 

The message of Jackson County's Veterans Day program was that freedom isn't free, but takes a determination that be passed from one generation to another.

"From those soldiers shivering at Valley Forge to the young man patrolling the deserts of Iraq or the mountains of Afghanistan, we remember and thank them all," said keynote speaker and Jackson County Supervisor Troy Ross. "We have been given a great nation. The question now is are we willing to continuing to pay the price to keep it." 

Veterans said those who enlist usually do so because of a calling on their hearts. Roy Lang was an airmen in the Vietnam War.

"It's important that we don't forget them because they served our country and they sacrificed for our freedom," said Lang. "We need to recognize them just about every day, not just on Veterans Day." 

This is the 15th year that Jackson County has held its Veterans Day program. 

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