GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport opened its doors to the public Friday. The facility hosted an open house along with its annual Veterans Day tribute ceremony.
"We celebrate and honor America's veterans for their devotion, patriotism, selfless service and sacrifice, on behalf of us all," said keynote speaker, retired Major Gen. James Garner.
"And we are so proud of these veterans, all around the Armed Forces Retirement Home," added 10-year-old Triston Stuckey.
Triston and his classmates from Central Elementary School delivered handmade greeting cards as a way of thanking the vets.
"Veterans Day is so important to me because without these veterans, we might be going through another war again," said Triston.
Mary Nelson served her country in wartime. The native of Vancouver, Washington couldn't wait to join the Navy.
"I love my country, I love my flag, and I think it's so wonderful every time we celebrate like this," said Nelson.
Clarence McGee appreciates the heartfelt greetings from kids. Born in Canada, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen before joining the Air Force and serving for 21 years.
"Brings back a lot of memories. I think of the people before me that worked and gave up their lives, and it's a continuous thing," McGee said.